Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 2

"QUANTUM SHOT" #415(rev)
Link - article by Avi Abrams

Manic-depressive creativity, family-friendly style

The smorgasbord of weird playground structures, started in our Part 1, continues here. Granted, some lovely sculptures shown here may positively impress a child with their unapologetic and all-constraints-be-damned weirdness - but most of these "nightmare palygrounds" are so tasteless and ugly that they're bordering on insanity.

A multitude of these bizarre apparitions still exists in the former Communist countries - proving two things: that perhaps adults like them, and that kids would play in just about any environment. A few examples illustrate the elements of Slavic fairy tales, others make do with miserable (decapitated, or worse) animals and evil-looking, nightmarish characters.

(photo by Olga Shvetz)

Dr. Aibolit (his name loosely translates as "Dr. Ouch!") shows his ugly face inside Moscow Children Hospital:

(image credit: cherski)

Somebody wrote "cadaver-eating orcs" over this endearing Teletubby character (in Moscow) -

Some heinous crime scene, seen in a village close to Odessa:

Impaled Baba Yaga, who seems to strangely enjoy the experience:

... and a red-skinned Kaschei Bessmertny (loosely translated as "The Immortal Bone-man") afraid for his treasure:

Decapitated monkeys (their bodies are attached to another attraction) -

... and a poor puppy, nailed to a tree (Rostov-na-Donu):

Faring even worse, this Little Red Riding Hood is ruthlessly bound (though not gagged) to a tree in the same palyground in Rostov-na-Donu -

One half of hippopotamus:

Cow / baths hybrids, spotted in Eilat, Israel:

These Lovecraft-ian snails invade a playground near St. Petersburg:

In light of all the cruelty and abominations shown above, the "mosquito slide", found in Germany, looks positively normal:

(image credit: Valentin Laube)

So... what do you do when the only available material is some pieces of plumbing and pipes lying around? Use them to make a modernist slide (with birds standing guard all around it):

(photos by Detsky Dvor)

The playground shown above is actually quite cool, kudos to the inventive artists. Just as the trapped mouse below is also pretty neat (again Eilat, Israel) -

We'll pause here for a moment, while you draw breath to plunge deeper into a maniacal urban art territory:

Again, the locations of these playgrounds are mostly in Russia and Ukraine:
- St. Petersburg
- Komsomolsk-na-Amure
- Astana, Kazakhstan
- Khmelnitzky, Ukraine
- Lvov, Ukraine

LOTS of imagination required

This is a ship, got it? -

(photo by Katryuk Dvoeglazova)

That thing does NOT rotate:

Get a (never-ending) exercise:

Giant vegetable thing (St. Petersburg) -

Mysterious little monsters in Stary Oskol, Belgorod region:

(photos by NordProd)

At least this little guy on the left is recognizable as "Cheburashka":

This must be a hedgehog:

This lovely lady even got some make-up:

(photo by Aleksis1978)

If it's monsters you seek, then monsters we got!

Here is a stunningly bizarre group of sculptures (supposedly for kids) in the middle of Starokonstantinov. I like this one... can even see myself playing here:

(photos by Archiverba)

See more pictures of this "zoo" here

Let's raise the "freaky factor" up a notch again... (I wonder if any impressionable parent would "blow a fuse" at this point) -

Certainly a "perfect" sculpture to beautify any kid's playground? -

(Kid's playground in Rostov-na-Donu)

And we finish with a stunning rendition of a character that might haunt you for days (just keep looking at it, for better effect) -

Sources: Detsky Dvor, English Russia, Exler

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.



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Blogger Unknown said...

The very first photo (credited to Olga Shvetz) appears to be a simple plastic pony tilted up on its forelegs, its hind legs becoming arms, with a face painted on the upper surface of its tail.

Anonymous Michelle said...

Obviously designed by people who have never had children :)

Although, honestly, some of these places I would probably have liked when I was a kid. Yep, I was a bit weird.

Thanks for the photos.


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