Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 1

"QUANTUM SHOT" #374(rev)
Link - article by Avi Abrams

These grounds are NOT for the "kid in all of us"

These creepy masterpieces of sculpture and landscaping can be found in playgrounds not only in Russia (even though this is where the majority of photos come from) but also in China, East European Countries, and even in the US - anywhere the grass-roots creativity goes bad and the bad taste gets promoted, often unintentionally.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for dreaming up bizarre stuffs for kids, and some of the sculptures shown here might be considered as downright fascinating; but others are... well, ugly as hell.

And... not just kids, but some more impressionable adults can be psychologically scarred from letting these monsters into their dreams and thinking too much about them. In some cases, a visit to such a playground can even be considered as an insurable hazard - leading to some successful lawsuits (just kidding).

Well, at least this playground has limited access:

But the following ones are all open to the public, including possibly the worst sculpture in history:

Did you ever dream of killing a crocodile with a bunch of cutlery? Well, here is your chance to fantasize about such an occasion:

This sculpture was actually pretty cool (displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). But back to the miserable playground examples:

Let's have an intermission here, so that you could take a breather from all this ugliness.

These are some of the locations for the playgrounds above:
- Moscow & St.Petersburg, of course
- Kharkov, Ukraine
- Minsk, Belarus
- Ivanteevka, Russia
- Odessa, Ukraine
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Akko, Israel
- even Basel, Switzerland

We would like to put a label "abandoned" on this photo series, but in most cases, these playgrounds are still in use, and children are playing freely along the manic random sculptor's nightmares.

So, here's more! Loads and loads of surreal art NOT for kids:

And this just might be our favorite (it's certainly the creepiest... do not bring your kids anywhere near it) -

Cool, deeply weird, and freaky - with everything in between

Some sculpted kids are climbing the TV tower in Prague, which is at least a pre-meditated art installation by David Cherny:

Cows also want to climb higher:

More weirdness seen in Prague:

The zombie sculptures are rising from the graves:

Cthulhu invites you for the ride! -

At least this Cthulhu has some class... (a leather creation from Russia):

(image credit: bob-basset)

These rides are pretty unmentionable:

If you're tired of attractions, you can go play some cards (don't play with the short one, it gets ugly):

...or go see neighborly aliens:

Leaving playground for the streets actually does not help much (an example from Uzbekistan):

We have to stop here (even though they are dozens of similar examples). Too much of this sculptural madness can make you very, very sad:

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.



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Blogger Klimax said...

"Some sculpted kids are climbing the TV tower in Prague, which is at least a pre-meditated art installation by David Cherny"

That would be David Černý (or if not possible, David Cerny)


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