‘PlayMo’ – A Temporary Playground Made Out of Milk Crates

City_Leaks is a platform that seeks to inspire urban dwellers to explore moments, spaces and places that one can deposit themselves in. The challenge is to reconsider how we inhabit our cities. “Why do we leave the identity of our cities solely in the hands of politicians, governments, developers and investors? Why don’t we start creating, inventing and changing the cities ourselves?”

City_Leaks just recently did a project entitled ‘PlayMo’ in Melbourne, Australia. The project was a temporary installation that allowed people not only to use it but to add and contribute to the structure. “We started with a basic foundation and observed it’s growth over the following weeks.”

Here is a short description of the project:

Location: Drewery Alley, CBD Melbourne
Creative(s): City_Leaks Team

‘PlayMo’ is an urban intervention by the platform City Leaks. We seek to inspire urban dwellers to explore moments, spaces and places where one can deposit themselves. The challenge is to reconsider how we inhabit and identify ourselves in the cities. City Leaks acts as a hub for like minded people to address, share and realize ideas.

‘PlayMo’ was born from the intention of inventing a space that turns into a place where people meet, spend time and play. Its name comes
from “playmobil”, a Lego styled child’s creative play toy. Using Milk Crates was like playing with big Lego pieces.

Milk Crates are a fantastic material for many reasons; they are structural, light, modular and they have an iconic role in Melbourne’s cafe image and laneways. We believe that familiarity to a material plays an important role in engaging with it.

‘PlayMo’ uses 3 different types of Crates. Black = platforms, Grey= stairs, Green=moveable. The Green Crates provide the undefined random element; people rearrange their seats or even build small stairs themselves. There hasn’t been a single day where we found them in the same place.

Finally ‘PlayMo’ is designed to grow and adapt. People are encouraged to leave things behind and to add to the structure.

“We found artworks, plants, toys, pillows, new crates and received hundreds of letters. We even found that people had constructed a bin so that it could be kept clean.”

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