Van Eyck at Bertelmanplein

Doing a spot of research on  Aldo van Eyck’s  playgrounds in Amsterdam (check my earlier blog for more info on van Eyck). The little girl and me visited a couple of playgrounds  yesterday – rainy Easter sunday – and did some work. I upload pics from the book “The Playgrounds and the City”  here – those pics in black and white. The colour ones I made, assisted by my play expert. We took a couple of boxes of coloured crayons and had fun with those.

The pics you see here are of the Bertelmanplein, which is the first playground van Eyck realised in 1955. Also the best preserved – the sandpit and the stepping stones are still there. The play furniture that was added is done in his style, which makes Bertelmanplein really stand out – I will post some horrid examples found at the other sites we visited.  What is totally wrong, though, is the placement of the play furniture and the fence around it. There is no harmony any more, no sense of fitting in.

Last pic shows what we decided to do here: add some colour to the stepping stones.  Crayoning away …
Bertelmanplein kl 2010 07Bertelmanplein kl 1955 02

Bertelmanplein  kl 1955 06

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