Playground, Berlin (2002). The rather dull outside walls of a courtyard or playground can be cheered up no end with a little imagination and colour. Graffiti is fashionable, of course, but has perhaps been over used by now. There are all kinds of alternatives. I myself don't like to use aerosols. The same effects can be achieved with normal paints, and a lot more besides, without filling the air with toxins. Here I made a pictorial puzzle in a flat, cut-out style, a kind of Hide & Seek, featuring twenty or more ambiguous animal and human figures. With each one linked to the next with small visual clues, you could trace them in a zig-zag around the three walls of the courtyard - if, that is, you ever realised that there is a game to play. I love to include hidden messages in almost everything I do. At the same time, while something appears simplistic at a glance, nothing should be made too easy.
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