Flowbars are interactive, free-flowing sculptural works that exist at the intersection of arts, science and play. Originally created as three-dimensional line drawings, and now realized as functional play equipment. These sculptures evolve play structures to enhance creativity, physical literacy and cognitive agility.
The brainchild of local South Australian artist Seb Humphreys, Flowbars are gaining wide acclaim for their ability to calm and focus children on the Austism spectrum.
Rotary Adelaide Central are working collaboratively with Seb to investigate custom designing a Flowbar for installation within the City of Adelaide region.
Although brilliant for kids of all ages, our Club has a particular interest to locate the equipment near a school or facility offering school children 'on the spectrum' the ability to access the flowbars to enhance their learning, but also at times of extreme anxiety, as a means to calm and refocus their minds.
If you are interested in interacting with this project; have a suggestion for a location for the equipment; wish to pledge support to our fundraising to build the Flowbar or just want to know more, please email the President or phone Bill Marles on 0410 523 106.
Traditional play structures employ a linear-metric structural composition that demands play within a certain pathway. For instance, standard monkey bars. This pathway is often rote learnt, becoming a developmental dead-end once its repetitive movements are memorised.
Flowbars' non-linear arrangement provides endless pathways that can be navigated from one side to the other. They inspire movement decision making and give climbers a sense of sovereignty in where and how they will climb. Climbers must use creative problem solving, real-time navigational decision making and are constantly expanding their spatial awareness and self orientation.
Flowbars ask how you would like to play? There is no right or wrong way to participate. No set directions. No immediate goals set out for you. There is a multitude of entry points that suit different capability levels. Inclusivity is inbuilt into the design. Many children can interact on the equipment simultaneously.
Unlike a traditional climbing structure, the whole body is engaged while traversing the Flowbars. Young people need to creatively navigate the bars as they learn new skills and develop body awareness. This expansion of their movement vocabulary includes stretching, lunging, swinging, gripping, crawling and jumping at very irregular spatial intervals and with unusual body positioning.
There are no limits as the structure continues to unlock new potentials as one advances in body awareness and ability.
All these attributes increase ones confidence in their physical literacy. Engaging in challenging and creative game play the ease of acquiring new skills comes naturally.