Zdeněk Němeček. Sputnik play sculpture. 1959
The era of the space race was a time of mounting ambitions and anxieties for adults, but for children all over the world it was a time of great imaginative play, with new designed environments in which they could act out their own aerospace adventures. Junior astronauts and cosmonauts commanded scaled-down rockets and satellites, the most striking of which were abstract sculptural departures from the conventional forms. Němeček’s interpretation of Sputnik’s aluminum sphere as an elegant concrete play sculpture, encased in multicolored ceramic and featuring a climbing tube and slide, was originally installed in Stromovka Park, in Prague.
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