Playgrounds today have gone through the safety-minded, sanitizing red tape of city halls across the country. Gone are the fantastic metal spires that flew into the sky, with swirling slides that shot ecstatic kids downward; the swing sets that launched them 15 feet into the air; and the seesaws that let them cherry bomb their friends and siblings. Getting hurt on the playground was once a rite of passage and badge of honor, whereas now, it’s grounds for a lawsuit. Replacing the old and fantastic equipment are short, plastic, pressurized-wood doodads that sit atop a field of wood chips, boring anyone who tries to play on it, let alone look at it. However, MONSTRUM is a Danish company that creates playgrounds, focusing on “visual design, motor challenges and safety design.”
“MONSTRUM believes that playground design should be a reflection of the world surrounding us. We see the world as a place full of color. We meet boys that like pink and girls that likes trees, so why only play on a monkey frame and a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojans horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite. The visual effect can indulge from a far, a tall slide, a massive tower or a wave to play on can draw kids in from the street. As artists and designers and through our experience with building theatrical set-design at numerous theaters in Copenhagen, we have the knowledge to combine elements where not only physical activities and play evolve, but also with a visual story that creates a space where fantasy thrives.” — MONSTRUM
Here are some of our favorite designs by MONSTRUM.