What is it?
Installation view of the exhibition at the National Building Museum
The Imagination Playground, which has been around for a few years, has both a permanent location on Manhattan’s Wall Street, as well as traveling collections that are brought to communities across the country. The playground consists of foam blocks reminiscent of a giant LEGO set, allowing children to act as the designer of their own playground. Recently, Rockwell Group collaborated with the National Building Museum to create an exhibition that starts with the history of construction toys, bringing visitors back to a simpler playtime with Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys, and leading visitors up to the Imagination Playground. In the final gallery, Rockwell Group’s interactive design team, LAB, created an interactive installation of virtual block play. This installation lets visitors create blocks based on their position in relation to the wall. As time passes, the wall fills up with blocks, allowing visitors to knock them down.
Why is it inspiring?
This interactive exhibit encourages.... Free Play
All Age play
A Design Process
Creating own story or narrative
Time Together with the Family
What lessons have been learned? Something as simple as basic shapes presented in a creative way can transform a child’s mind, body, and spirit through active, creative play. Funding from Disney (my sponsor) and UNICEF’s @Play initiative have brought this interactive project to schools and child centers in Haiti and Bangladesh, promoting play and learning for children in countries affected by disaster and emergencies. Jessica True Interactive Inspiration GRA 423 Spring 2014
What does this mean for my Innovation Space project? Try not to complicate the design. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to promote creativity and allow development through experimentation.