When you are trapped in a nightmare, you might as well enjoy a swing and a kiddie-slide
As we mentioned in Part 1, these often hilariously ugly sculptural atrocities for kids are seen mostly in Eastern Europe and Asia, and are the results of either artists being lazy, on drugs, or sincerely believing in artistic expression but lacking skills to pull it off. The weird thing is, we really like to see such crazy playgrounds everywhere - yes, bring it on! - at least your urban landscape will turn from soul-deadening to mind-boggling.
1. Aaah! I hope this thing is not going to roll after me (like a wild unshaven Katamari)
Open the gates! Fun awaits "beyond thrice nine lands, in the thirtieth kingdom" (Russian idiom, written in the image below) -
2 - 20. Various awesome examples of Russian playgrounds, including the "Cheburashka" character, via
23. Pig? from Saratov kindergarten - photo by Tatiana Mitrofanowa 24. Wolf, threatening to sing (don't let him!) in playground in Tomsk - image via
25. "Swan Lake Ballet" by Mikhail Dronov, seen in Moscow - image via 26. Is this... Jar-Jar Binks?? - photo by Lyudmila Juhimec
27, 28 - Again, Cheburashka - and Dr. Aibolit "healing" animals; Bottom image 29, 30, 31 - various abominations
32. Abandoned playground in North Chertanovo, Moscow - via
Mushroom Land! I like it -
33. unknown location
Japanese Manga Monster Land! (like it even more) -
Many Soviet pioneer camps in the 1930s through the 1950s featured standard-issue pioneer statues, which since then fell in awesome disrepair (most often you'll see headless, limbless young athletes, spread all around the forested grounds) These statues stood often just outside children playgrounds.... see the one below, a tragic "love triangle" tale:
This is a winner (Peter Straub, author of "Shadowland", take note!) - from Soviet pioneer camp Petrushkovo:
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