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Playgrounds and 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 disadvantaged children and 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 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 shown in traveling exhibitions around the world to increase awareness in the largest public.   
   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.

Selected Press Articles Playgrounds & Toys

The Pioneers, February 2004

Creations, February 2004

Margherita Turewicz Lafranchi, Ludo, Deepalaya School, Gusbethi, Haryana, 2005

Fabrice Gygi, Playground, John Kirakossian School, Yerevan, 2003

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

UN Headquarters Visitors Lobby, New York, 2001, Exhibition view

Stefano Boccalini, Random Map, John Kirakossian School, Yerevan, 2003

Edgar Soares, Goooooaaal!!!, Stade de la Praille, Geneva, 2003

Musée Océanographique, Monte Carlo, 2004, Exhibition view

La Manufacture des Oeillets, Paris, 2004
Exhibition view

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

Edgar Soares, Goooooaaal!!!!, Deepalaya School, New Delhi, 2002

Fabrice Gygi, Playground, Deepalaya School, New Delhi, 2002

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

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

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

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

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