Pullman Playsculpture
 

































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


Year:  1985


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.