The Rainbow Net is an interactive installation at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park in Sapporo, Japan, created by influential Japanese fibre artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam–now based out of Canada–who first garnered recognition for her large-scale installations such as ‘Fibre Columns Romanesque Church’ hand knitted in from nylon rope.
Her latest installations have become colorful and expansive playground sculptures. Horiuchi MacAdam was inspired to build such creations as the Rainbow Net playscape when two children, unaware of the usual hands-off etiquette regarding works of art, asked if they could ‘use’ an earlier sculpture titled Multiple Hammock No.1. The artist watched as the children climbed across her artwork, stretching and deforming the precise meshing, but also giving it a sense of living that she realized it had lacked before. Further, these children had given her art a purpose.
While building Rainbow Net, which took three years to complete, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam crocheted for sometimes 10 hours a day, often on her knees.