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Hanzi Playground

Build Chinese characters and play on them
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I have always been intrigued by Chinese characters (the writing, not Bruce Lee). They look like ladders, slides, and things to swing on, basically literary monkey bars. My thought is to build some of these large enough to have the possibility of being able to climb on them. Certainly some of the structure will be stable, solid metal while other parts might be ropes, chains or movable wooden parts that would still depict the character represented.

Also, they can be arranged so those who can read Chinese will be able to read the playground equipment. They might tell a story, or vandals might rearrange them to say something nasty.

xandram, Apr 25 2022


       Interesting, what would they say?   

       Bun if they say stuff like "Get off me you lousy kids!" or something funny like that. [+]
doctorremulac3, Apr 25 2022

       Are they not Kanji characters? (too lazy to look up)   

       They should definetly spell out philosophical warning messages: "Child who climbs here and breaks leg should be more respectful of verbs"   

       [text keeps going in double spaced] why ???
xenzag, Apr 25 2022

       Kanji is Japanese, Hanzi is Chinese.   

       My text does the double spacing also…
xandram, Apr 25 2022

       If you were REALLY careful about the characters you chose, you could have the playground tell a story, as the various mobile parts attain different positions.
If you were ridiculously careful, it could say different things from different viewing directions.
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 25 2022

       Many Chinese appear to have such a fetish for their characters, this is likely to already exist. The question is whether the character for "water" would double as a fluid large-scale slide, etc. etc.
4and20, Apr 26 2022

       [neut] love the concept of viewing it from different angles to see different results.   


       [4and20] I did my best research and did not find anything that exists like this but certainly there can be some thing over in China that would never be on the Internet.
xandram, Apr 26 2022

       I think it's doable - "water" makes a triple slide, you can go straight down the middle or come in, turn and go out from the right or left. "Tree" doesn't have a lot of foot holds, but you can sit on the branches once you do get up. "Rain" makes a pretty cool umbrella, "eye" you can certainly look out of; "dirt" looks like it should be sticking up out of a cemetery.   

       "Lightning" would even look pretty convincing harboring a Van de Graff generator.
lurch, Apr 26 2022

       Cool ideas [Lurch]! Love them all but lightning is absolutely the best.
xandram, Apr 28 2022


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