Froebel's Gifts: Blue Circuit. Sculpture by vivien collens

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Sculpture: Paint on Aluminium.

Froebel’s Gifts: Blue Circuit

The series is an homage to Friedrich Froebel, whose educational methods were fundamental to creativity in modern art, engineering, and design.
Friedrich Froebel was the founder of the modern kindergarten in 1838. He designed basic geometric forms (sphere, cube, cylinder, beam) for children to manipulate , believing it would increase their ability to think abstractly. The sets were called Gifts, and were presented to children sequentially over a period of time.
Learning that Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller had played with these as children, I created an open geometric form made of a cube and 6 square beams, as a module for creating large scale architectural structures by manipulation and play. The series started with wood modules and sculptures. Through 3D prints of the module they became prototypes for large scale aluminum works. Froebel’s Gifts: Blue Circuit is made of welded aluminum, from 12 of these modules.

“To Froebel belongs the credit for finding the true nature of play and regulating it to lead naturally into work. The same spontaneity and joy, the same freedom and serenity that characterize the plays of childhood are realized in all human activity. The gifts and occupations are the living connection which makes both play and work expressions of the same creative activity.” W. N Hailmann

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Froebel's Gifts: Blue Circuit.

vivien collens

United States


Size: 96 W x 216 H x 72 in

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