Title: Pullman Playsculpture
Site: 113th Street and Langley Avenue, Chicago
Artists: Olivia Gude and Jon Pounds
Community Participants: 75 neighborhood residents
Sponsors: Chicago Public Art Group and the Pullman Civic Organization
Scale: 55 feet long train and sandbox surround
Materials: Redwood and pine
Information: The Pullman Playground Sculpture was designed and directed by artists (and local residents) Olivia Gude and Jon Pounds. Construction was completed in a community studio with neighborhood volunteers. All of the funds needed for supplies and materials were raised within the community. The playsculpture was designed to foster healthy, active play and provide an area for relaxation and reflection. The playsculpture forms underline the importance of railroading to the community where George Pullman owned a plant that built railroad cars and where workers rights were an early labor organizing issue.