My daughter and her friends like to ride their invisible horses at recess. They trot around the paved area behind the school, happy as can be. The folks at the Boston Schoolyard Initiative like to ride invisible horses too. That's why they have been transforming asphalt playgrounds into beautifully landscaped outdoor classrooms with trees, flowers and gardens perfect for invisible horses and the silly little kids that ride them.
Here are a few playground and park sculptures meant for riding, climbing and sliding. We'll chase down some more sculptures by these artists and others as the weather warms up.
Local artist Nancy Schon's Make Way for Ducklings.
Watson Park in Braintree has an ok basic playground with good enough equipment but no shade. A real drag on the baby swings. It has no fencing which is a negative when you consider the geese and open sandbox. Geese are a real problem as they leave grey polka dots all over the nice green grass. Real party poopers.