Visual Chronology of Crochet Playgrounds by Toshiko Horiuchi-Macadam

When I did my first post on the crochet playgrounds by Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam there wasn’t much information about her work available online. It took me a lot of research to find out what I shared in that post. Since then, however, the topic has blown up and there have been tons of posts about her work. Perhaps in response to that, the artist has updated her website with new information and pictures about her crochet playgrounds.

What many of the articles that I’ve seen about her work fail to note is that this is not just one crochet playground that Macadam has made. She has been working on large scale interactive installations since the 1970s. Here’s an abbreviated chronolgy of some of her projects.

Early Work

There are two crochet art pieces shown in the Del Feldman book The Crocheter’s Art, which was published in 1972 so this work obviously pre-dates that:

Hanging 101

Climb, Lie Down, Tumble, Roll

A color shot of Climb, Lie Down, Tumble, Roll

A note: The artist’s name in this book is spelled Toshiko Horiaki

1994: Toyotomi Silk Village, Japan

1998: Mt. Fuji Children’s World, Japan

1999: Showa Memorial National Park, Japan

2000: Takino Suzuran National Park, Japan

2007: JangHeung Art Park, Korea

2009: Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan

I encourage you to check out the photo galleries on the artist’s website. There are tons of great photos of all of the playgrounds plus a cool album of behind-the-scenes of production.

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