The Idler's Playground (2010) Cosima von Bonin

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

The Idler's Playground (playground of a niksnut) is made by the German sculptor Cosima von Bonin and consists of two parts. One part is a Pinocchio-like boy with a hat on, sitting on a life-sized tennis referee chair. Pinocchio is idle: he leans forward in his chair, his chin leans on his right hand and he stares bored or, better off, in dismay. Meanwhile, his nose has become so long that it pierces the mushroom on the opposite side. A bench has been placed under the mushroom that invites the spectators to do the same as Pinocchio. But whether it will benefit them, given its long nose? Ultimately, the image seems primarily to be an invitation to evade daily life, which is apparent not only from Pinocchio's nonsense and the bench, but also from the fact that both images are painted completely green - as if the entire work of art wants to stand out as little as possible. The Idler's Playground stood since 2010 on the Weena, first at Hofplein and later at the beginning of the Lijnbaan. In 2018 the statue has been relocated to the green park at the beginning of Putselaan, near the Maashaven metro station. For more information: Sculpture International Rotterdam

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About the artist

Cosima von Bonin (Mombasa, Kenya, 1962) is a German artist; she lives and works in Cologne. Her art is just as elusive as she is: she works with textile, with film and builds installations that often refer to popular culture, to pop art and to fairy tales. Von Bonin has exhibited in recent years at Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Mamco in Geneva, Witte de With in Rotterdam and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2007 she showed work at the Documenta 12 in Kassel.

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