Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War II, Colorado Springs native Fred Schumm enrolled in the Fine Arts Center where he met photographer Myron Wood. They became great friends and Myron documented Fred’s fantastical playground sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent Parks. Craig Richardson spoke with Fred Schumm about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Myron Wood and the playground sculptures he constructed while working for the city. Shortly after the sculptures were completed, Schumm was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study art in Italy.

 

3 Responses to Remembering Fred Schumm

  1. Pat Musick says:

    I played on both those sculptures when I was a little kid. The one in COnejos Park was known as “The Dinosaur;” the one in Boulder Crescent, “The Cheese.” They were amazing. Really fun to climb all over, slide down…they kept our imaginations active as well as our bodies. (Maybe that early experience with those fabulous, imaginative, beautiful play sculptures planted the first seed in my consciousness about how wonderful, imaginative, baeutiful, and functional public art can be.)

  2. Louise C says:

    How wonderful the sculptures look–wish there were more photos taken. Too bad none survive and too bad there’s nothing quite like them today.

  3. Terry Sharpton says:

    I had not given these sculptures a thought in many years until now. I remember the one in Boulder Crescent Park and was always amazed at the sight when riding by. Being a west sider, didn’t get to play on it, but I remember it being red and quite unusual. Wouldn’t it be cool to see someone do something like this again? Great to see all of Myron’s work as well. I always enjoyed my time with him looking through his work and listening to his stories. He would call me and say, “let’s go to lunch today”, and when still able, always wanted to drive. Keep up the good work – great stories.

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