French designer, Capucine Diancourt, a graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven, created a series of unconventional and precarious playground structures to challenge the users balance systems. Curved bases support the non-fixed rocking pieces allowing them to move freely, as opposed to traditional playground apparatus that are fixed in the ground.
“The playfulness lies in the balancing system using simple curves” described by Diancourt. Created using strong and malleable steel, the structures retained the urban identity of traditional playgrounds recognisable in European cities. Diancourt chose unstandardised colours, avoiding the primary colours commonly found in playgrounds. The bright turquoise and pale pink were picked because of the complimentary relationship and the non-gender specific aesthetic it gave the equipment.
Diancourt has said in response to the project “A kid, as a future grown up, needs to be challenged both physically and morally by the city.” Her pieces utilise teamwork and challenges motor abilities, important skills to learn, even more importantly, in collaboration with others and in a public space.