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ABC Playground Mural

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Extending 35 feet in length and 24 feet wide, this playground alphabet installation was created as a multipurpose learning tool that can be used for letter recognition, spelling, and reading comprehension games. Bringing students out of the classroom into a fun environment, this installation allows students to jump on the letters to identify their ABC’s or to spell out words. Within the open squares, sidewalk chalk can be used to draw pictures of words that begin with the letters. Chalk can also be used to practice rewriting letter-forms in other formats like uppercase or cursive. Such games offer opportunities for kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners alike.

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The inspiration behind the installation came from a desire to combine typography and kinesthetic learning opportunities for students. After researching other playground alphabet installations and the role of literacy-enriched play settings, there seemed to be a need for an installation that used negative space in a way that allowed students to interact with the installation in a wider variety of ways. The designs above depict the different stages of this project.

The inspiration behind the installation came from a desire to combine typography and kinesthetic learning opportunities for students. After researching other playground alphabet installations and the role of literacy-enriched play settings, there seemed to be a need for an installation that used negative space in a way that allowed students to interact with the installation in a wider variety of ways. The designs above depict the different stages of this project.

After many iterations, and the first school pulling out of the project, the image above was the final design chosen by the new project partner, Mason Elementary.

After many iterations, and the first school pulling out of the project, the image above was the final design chosen by the new project partner, Mason Elementary.


Installation Process

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