31 January 2010

A rare bird

The wooden peacock slide is as classic Copenhagen as it gets. It was made in 1977 by Danish silversmith gone sculptor Gunnar Westman, who during his travels found inspiration in the traditional Swedish woodworking. His playground pieces for the amusement park Tivoli now exists in my childhood memories only, while others can still be seen around Copenhagen, and in the museums. 

The peacock is well loved, but still functional, and it really shows that back then creating something for a child was an honourable task, not taken lightly. It may be an old bird, but it still rocks. And for that reason it is nominated for a Classic Copenhagen Award, in the category best playground item.

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