Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam: art you can run all over…

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08/07/2012 by Sarah Ritchie

Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam

“Woods of Net”, Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam (2009)

How would you like to run and jump all over art…in the name of art?

Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam is a well-known Japanese fibre artist who uses knitting and crochet as the foundation for much of her work. One website describes her work as “…she now specialises in creating large, interactive textile environments that function both as imaginative and vibrant explorations of colour and form, at the same time as providing thrilling play environments.” [Knit Japan]

In 2009 Toshiko collaborated with a team of architects to bring “Woods of Net” to life in the Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan.

A massive, brightly coloured hammock-like net hangs down from a wooden pavillion. Children are able to run on the net, sink into it and swing underneath it.

Horiuchi-MacAdam has created a wonderful environment where children are able to interact with art and colour on a large scale. I think this looks awesome, and wish I was 20 [cough], OK, 30 years younger again to be able to play on this sculpture myself!

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