Extraordinary Playscapes coming to Portland

Extraordinary Playscapes, an exciting exhibition by the Design Museum Foundation and sponsored by Playworld, will soon open in Portland, Oregon at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). The exhibition explores the importance of play in childhood development while highlighting how designers translate play objectives into innovative, extraordinary and outdoor play environments,

Featuring more than 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world, the exhibition showcases the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities and social equity.

“After the incredible success of Extraordinary Playscapes in Boston, we’re excited to help bring the exhibit and PlayForm 7 to Portland,” said Michael Laris, vice president, Global Innovation for PlayPower, Playworld’s parent company. “Play has the power to transform lives and promote stronger neighborhoods and communities. We’re thrilled we can shine a light on the intersection of play and innovative design through this touring exhibition.”

To kick off Extraordinary Playscapes in Portland, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the PlayForm 7 installation on PNCA’s campus at 4:30 pm on September 26. PlayForm 7 demonstrates a shift in playground design and is meant to get people thinking, talking, sharing ideas and engaging in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. The play sculpture can easily become a focal point of any park, helping to make an impactful statement in any community.

Playworld’s PlayForm 7 will be open for play at PNCA through January 7, 2017, after which it will be donated to Portland’s Ventura Park.

Extraordinary Playscapes, which is free and open to the public, runs from October 6 through December 17 at PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, Portland.

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