As youth around the world are energetically stepping forward to organize policy changes to the status quo, taking on the challenge of reversing climate change and global warming and leadership roles in standing up for gun control, I see adults standing by and observing. I see these same qualities portrayed in this “Picasso’s Playground” photo series.
While mediating in the best interests of children in the Domestic Relations division of the Circuit Court, I was drawn to the iconic Picasso sculpture out my 10th floor office window overlooking Daley Plaza in Chicago. Drawn to the interplay of light and color that changed over the course of the workday, I noted the variety of children exercising their initiative, determination, confidence and courage, as well as their muscles, as they would climb and explore the incline of the Sculpture’s steel base. I was captivated by the energy of the children’s daring nature as they ventured upward, exploring the unknown, living life in the present moment. The children’s free movements were in sharp contrast to most of the adults that I observed who either sat or stood passively at its base. If they spoke to the children it was to urge them down.
Just as children of all races and creeds come together on an equal playing field (the Picasso) regardless of where in the city they came from, children from all over the world are working together to protect lives and the environment. – Yvette Meltzer