Sculpture or Playground?
Every time I see this photo, it strikes my artistic sense and saddens my playful side. Though this is not a fair assessment of Noguchi as a whole (to be honest my opinion of him is torn between love/hate), when I look at this photo above, and even at some other projects, I always have this sense of isolation, simplicity, disappointment and boredom.
I understand that at least one of his goals were to introduce shapes, colors, form to children through interactive sculpture, but in many cases to make the jump and call it a play-ground seems extreme. Piedmont Park, in Atlanta GA, below, is an example of one of those Noguchi playgrounds that I'm not really a fan of. Swing here. Jump here. Climb here. Most of this below just feels prescriptive and like 'equipment', rather than something more.
Let's pivot though and look at the Noguchi I DO like! His work at Moerenuma Park, at Sapporo, Hokkadio, Japan is definitely getting closer to my sentiment of successful sculpture-as-playground, mostly because the sculptures are (a) far more complex in design, (b) open-ended in terms of type of movement use (less clear what I am 'supposed' to do on each individual thing) and (c) more inter-generational / multi-age friendly. Plus The larger sculptures feel less like isolated objects in a field and more like encompassed play spaces.