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Radical Playgrounds at Gropius Bau: Perfect for kids, less so for adults

Gropius Bau's interactive exhibit Radical Playground is worth a visit, but only with your children ★★★

Photo: Camile Blake

Parents might be tempted to plonk their kids down here and run off to catch the excellent Nancy Holt exhibition, but this considered, if somewhat raggedy, playground has some provocative rides for adults, too.

Sixteen artists, choreographers and architects have contributed interactive works that have prompted a surprisingly low-key response.

Tomas Saraceno has dumped some leaves in a corner and declared it a home for spiders.

Tomas Saraceno has literally dumped some leaves in a corner and declared it a home for spiders. The Argentinian’s contribution may compel some people to keep well away from it, but no one could argue it’s not radical.

So, too, is Florentina Holzinger’s steampunk half pipe, supported by two upturned cars. Mariana Telleria’s derelict carousel appears like an empty stage for a Marilyn Manson music video but is too hemmed in to have any real impact.

Kid sculpture workshops are ongoing, and their creations will expand into the playground and the grossly oversized carpark (such a colossal waste of urban space). There’s also a pictorial history of playgrounds through the years, consisting of mainly black-and-white images of dressed-up children from the 60s posing in front of frankly rubbish playgrounds.

Worth a visit, though only with kids, and no one would blame you for sneaking off. ★★★

  • Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Kreuzberg, Through Jul 14, details.