Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Posted on 03/17/2016

Photo taken on November 14, 2014


John Seward Johnson II
Grounds for Sculpture
Hamilton Township
Mercer County
New Jersey
United States
Crack the Whip
Snap the Whip
Winslow Homer
Seward Johnson

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"Crack the Whip" – Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, Trenton, New Jersey

"Crack the Whip" – Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, Trenton, New Jersey
Crack the Whip, a life-scale bronze sculpture of children at play in a circle, was cast by Seward Johnson in 1984.

Crack the Whip is a simple outdoor children’s game that involves physical coordination, and is usually played in small groups, either on grass or ice. One player, chosen as the "head" of the whip, runs (or skates) around in random directions, with subsequent players holding on to the hand of the previous player. The entire "tail" of the whip moves in those directions, but with much more force toward the end of the tail. The longer the tail, the more the forces act on the last player, and the tighter they have to hold on. As the game progresses, and more players fall off, some of those who were previously located near the end of the tail and have fallen off can "move up" and be in a more secure position by grabbing onto the tail as it is moving, provided they can get back on before some of the others do. There is no objective to this game other than the enjoyment of the experience.

The game is also illustrated in Winslow Homer’s painting Snap the Whip of 1872.

Snap the Whip 1872 Winslow Homer