Level Playing Field is both an inflatable sport and temporary public artwork originally commissioned for Scape 7 Public Art, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2013. The work challenges teams of 6 players to compete against each other both on top of and inside of, a custom designed inflatable field. Players in the attacking team take turns running across the surface of the unstable inflated field and diving through a slot, rugby-style, to score a point.
The defending team, meanwhile, is pulling on ropes underneath the playing surface to manipulate the field’s surface and, in effect, make it difficult for the opposition to dive and score a point. Importantly, the two teams cannot see each other, and are forced to rely on instinct and cunning in a game of physical and mental anticipation. The work references the unstable ground of Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes post-2010, and invites participants to attempt to negotiate and overcome adversity while displaying athletic prowess.