Forbes: Artist with Gwynedd Roots Creates Playground Instillation for Italy Museum

Artist Temitayo Ogunbiyi, who grew up in Gwynedd, created a playground for children at the Madre Museum in Naples Italy. Image via Forbes.

Artist Temitayo Ogunbiyi was asked to create an instillation that doubles as a playground for children at the Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, Italy, writes Brienne Walsh for Forbes.

Ogunbiyi was born in Rochester, New York, but grew up in Gwynedd and graduated from Wissahickon High School in Montgomery County, PA. She now lives in Lagos, Nigeria and has for the past nine years.

When she was approached with the notion of creating a playground instillation for children to play on at the museum, Ogunbiyi found deep wounds within herself from growing up as a black child in the United States. Designing the space helped to heal those wounds.

In mind as Ogunbiyi designed the playground was Ahmaud Arbery. She wanted to create a space where children could run and play with freedom, safely.

The playground seems simple, however the squiggly lines that rise above their concrete and brass bases all have a meaning. Even the layout of the lines, which look random to the eye, have significance behind them.

The lines themselves reference the studies Ogunbiyi has done of hair. Their patterns are all of the different routes it took to get the instillation to the museum, as though drawn out from point A to point B on a map.

Read more about Temitayo Ogunbiyi and the playground she designed here.

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