One only has to compare the sculpture with this one of George III in Windsor Great Park to see the allusions. I am reminded of the ideas of playwork academics Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell, who describe children’s play as in part about the ‘mimicry and mockery’ of what they come across in the world around them.
The Guardian has more on Powerless Structures (a title with more than a nod to the supposed innocence of childhood). Given its location in such a prominent spot in the heart of London, I hope that – amidst the usual hullabaloo from the artistic and cultural world – it triggers some reflection and discussion about playfulness. My hunch is that Brian Sutton-Smith – for whom play is essentially a matter of the exploration of primary emotions like fear and anger – would love it. What do you think?