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Give a kid a sticker an idea by Yayoi Kusama when she invites children to transform a white room or blank canvas using brightly coloured stickers as part of her installation The Obliteration Room  at the Queensland Art Gallery for Kids. The Obliteration Room as part of the  exhibition Look Now, See Forever runs until March 12th, though the space is constantly evolving through the application of thousands of stickers by children everyday, each with their own individual style of application. By allowing kids to use their imagination and stick down these permanent circles, you achieve this explosion of colour or obliteration of the once white room, and by looking closely you can actually see individual expressions made by participants.

I’m sure it’s agreed that by giving children creative freedom the result is always suprsing and truely fantastic.

Thank you to this collosal for their images you can visit their website here. Thank you also to my friend Chris for getting me on to this.

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While in Sydney City recently with a friend we came across this street art outside the Queen Victoria Building. My initial impression of the squares with numbers is that it was a giant hopscotch, however it doesn’t look like any hopscotch I have ever played on. I then presumed that the hot pink squares and numbers might have something to do with Sydney Art and About. What I did love about the sporadic hopscotch is that it provided a unique play instrument in such a busy urban environment. However I was disappointed to observe that only children seemed bold enough to play so publically. Why can’t we provide more sporadic play instruments in the cities, such as hopscotch’s and Double Happiness (below), wouldn’t forcing play into everyday situations provide a quick break from reality and wouldn’t this result in fresh outlooks and happier people?

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Wouldn’t it great to transfer every old billboard in this way? Yes i know it looks completely unsafe, but the idea is completely inspired.  The artists/architects from Mesarchitecture  aim to provide a welcome break from the modern urban space, for two people,  by providing a ‘urban reanimation device’ that although risky allows a new perception of the city to develop.  The idea is that “they will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium.”

Double Happiness reminds me of when I would swing upside down in my own backyard, and viewing my surroundings from this angle would create a whole new perception of the world.

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