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Playgrounds & Toys
2000 - ongoing

Time is the child’s kingdom, 
said the Greek philosopher Heraclites. 

The possibility to play freely during childhood, 
to "construct" and "destroy",
and to let one’s imagination develop its magical powers 
is a fundamental right of every human being, 
too often denied in many areas of our world, rich or poor.

   Playgrounds & Toys is a fully sustainable and innovative contemporary art project that offers tangible support to existing schools, orphanages and local communities in order to improve the welfare and upbringing of children and as well of all those with little or no access to such facilities, throughout the world.
   ART for The World provides these schools and communities with both indoor and outdoor playgrounds, promoting the education of the children and assisting in their personal rehabilitation, keeping them stimulated, encouraging the development of cultural and personal identity, and, most important, adding joy to their lives.
   With great sensibility and in accordance to the project’s guidelines, over eighty young or well-known artists, architects and designers from all over the world have collaborated with ART for The World since 2000 and on to create unique designs for playgrounds and educational toys for children, that are simple and inexpensive to construct and that strictly abide by standard safety requirements. The playground designs, in the form of 1:15 scale models, are a collection of over 50 models shown in traveling exhibitions around the world.   
   The Playgrounds have been fabricated for schools and communities, so far in India, United Kingdom, Armenia, Greece and China as well as collective toys have been distributed in the refugee camps in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Tanzania with the help of UN Agencies.


Fabrice Gygi, Playground, 2000

Fabrice Gygi, Playground, Deepalaya School,

New Delhi, 2002

Selected Press Articles Playgrounds & Toys

The Pioneers, February 2004

Creations, February 2004


Fabiana de Barros, Fiteiro Cultural, 2003

Fabiana de Barros, Fiteiro Cultural, John Kirakossian School, Yerevan, 2003


Liliana Moro, Play-Head, 2003


Vito Acconci, Klein Bottle Playground, 2000

Liliana Moro, Play-Head, 2003


Chen Zhen, Danser la Musique, Yitian Holiday Plaza, Shenzhen, Cina 2009-2010

Chen Zhen, Danser la Musique, Yitian Holiday Plaza, Shenzhen, 2009-2010_1.jpg

Chen Zhen, Danser la Musique at MONA Foundation (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2013

Edgar Soares, Goooooaaal!!!!, Deepalaya School,

New Delhi, 2002


Pip Horne & Sirazeh Houshiary, Untiled, 2000


Pip Horne and Sirazeh Houshiary, Playground

Elementary school of Gloucester, Peckham, London,

UK, 2004


Paolo Canevari, Racetrack, 2001
UN visitors Lobby, New York City, 2001

Martand Khosla, Slow Room, Deepalaya School, Gusbethi, Haryana, 2004

Marta Dell'Angelo and Luigi Tripaldi, Di Palo in Frasca, 2023

General view of the playgrounds at the John Kirakossian School, Yerevan, 2003

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