There is more than one way to build a den, and I love the tents constructed by Noa Meir and Tali Buchler, whose playful design work has been featured here at Playscapes before.
"The idea behind this art installation was to bring back craft and the love of making to the local community. By gathering and knitting the tent, a community based on the love of handcraft was formed.
Every Wednesday for 3 months kids, parents and grandparents got together at the local community center to finger knit ropes from left over lycra scraps brought from a local factory. The ropes were tied to 3 nesting rings made of watering pipes, forming circus-like shaped tents. The tents were hung from a large ficus tree located in a public garden in the center of town, adjacent to a synagogue called Jacob’s Tent (we found that out after installing the tent). We hung a total of 3 tents, all independent of one another but close enough that spinning one would start the movement of another.
The hovering tents formed a space that encouraged passersby to stop, engage with the tents and play. A public garden that was hardly ever occupied now became a desirable place to be."
A beautiful project, like a playhouse that swings! Tali is going to provide some detailed instructions for us, so watch this space.
[photography by Nirit-Gur Karby]