Inside a low undulating wall that provides visual and aural protection from the surrounding streets, Noguchi installed a group of brightly colored, rugged sculptural elements. The structures include swings, slides, cubes, a low mound and several objects for climbing. All of the elements were oversized and painted in bright colors to emphasize their sculptural presence. According to the artist, the relationships among the different elements in Playscapes refer to relationships among elements in ancient environments of leisure.
The creation of playgrounds and play sculpture was an important part of Isamu Noguchi's attempt to make sculpture useful in everyday life. Noguchi designed his first pieces of play equipment in 1939 for Ala Moana Park in Hawaii, but these were not constructed. When Noguchi designed Playscapes (1975-76) in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, the only Noguchi playground to be completed in his lifetime, he included a modified version of the swing from his Hawaiian proposal along with new play objects. In 1968 Octetra -- a pre-cast, modular play sculpture over and through which children climb -- was installed outside the cathedral in Spoleto, Italy and in Kodomo No Kuni park outside of Tokyo. Noguchi continued to design new play sculptures, some of which have been installed in his last playground project, Moere Numa Park in Sapporo, Japan.
Along with his gardens and other landscape projects, the playgrounds of Isamu Noguchi are aspects of what he called "the sculpture of spaces", whose goal is to make sculpture a useful part of everyday life.
Playscapes realized designs for playground equipment that Noguchi had developed throughout his career.