AnnMarie van Splunter: Play Modules
On permanent display
At Walter Nash Centre in Taita
Play Modules has moved north to the Walter Nash Centre where you can interact with them in a multitude of ways —sitting, lying, sliding, reading a book.
AnnMarie van Splunter's Play Modules have added another element to our friends in the North—one that is both practical and playful. Play Modules are a series of undulating concrete forms measuring 15.5 metres by 5.5 metres.
Visitors to The Dowse exhibition Play: International Design For Children will remember seeing large images of van Splunter's Play Modules in situ at an Amsterdam school. They were among the many international playscapes featured in the show. Following huge public interest in Play, van Splunter was contacted for permission for the Square to host its own Play Modules, a request that was enthusiastically granted and where they originally lived. Weta Workshop created the moulds for Play Modules and the casting was done by Stahlton Engineered Concrete in Otaki.
In line with the exhibition's ethos of 'free play', the elongated concrete 'play modules' offer a multitude of ways for people to interact with them—sitting, lying, sliding, reading a book, catching up with friends. For children, the configuration offers many possibilities for play—and the rest is left to their imagination.
AnnMarie van Splunter graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and works and lives in Amsterdam. A carpet of salt and plinths of sugar are examples of her temporary installations, as are a steel park-gate and glass floating on water. One of her playground designs, Rubbertree, is made of re-used car tyres, created for refugee children in Thailand.