Danh Vo: Isamu Noguchi Play Sculpture

Isamu Noguchi's red sculpture positioned on the grass near Pelican estate's central playground

Isamu Noguchi, Play Sculpture, 1975–76. Installation view on Pelican Estate, 2019. Collection of Danh Vo. Photo: Nick Ash

Danish artist Danh Vo has placed a public sculpture for residents of Pelican Estate next to the central playground to coincide with his exhibition, untitled, at the South London Gallery.

Play Sculpture was designed around 1975–76 by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi and was remade by Vo in 2018.

The work is made from six large elbow pipes connected into an undulating loop and spray painted bright red.

Vo intends for children and adults to sit, climb, rest or play on the sculpture, in line with Noguchi’s original intention for the work.

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Play Sculpture is part of Open Plan, the SLG’s long term public art and education project with residents living on Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates.

Open Plan is supported by Freelands Foundation, with additional funds from Southwark Council’s Youth and Play Grant Programme and other donors.

<p>Isamu Noguchi, <em>Play Sculpture,</em> 1975–76. Installation view on Pelican Estate, 2019. Collection of Danh Vo. Photo: Nick Ash</p>

Isamu Noguchi, Play Sculpture, 1975–76. Installation view on Pelican Estate, 2019. Collection of Danh Vo. Photo: Nick Ash

<p>Isamu Noguchi, <em>Play Sculpture</em>, 1975–76. Installation view on Pelican Estate, 2019. Collection of Danh Vo (background). Federico Herrero, <em>Playground</em>, 2016 (foreground). Photo: Nick Ash</p>

Isamu Noguchi, Play Sculpture, 1975–76. Installation view on Pelican Estate, 2019. Collection of Danh Vo (background). Federico Herrero, Playground, 2016 (foreground). Photo: Nick Ash

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