The creative process that started (as all great projects do) with a simple paper and pencil sketch really came alive. The fine craftspeople at TimberForm took on the custom project and delivered a structure better than anything we could imagine.
This playspace had all the calling cards of Nature Play with the unique ability to blend traditional sliding and climbing. I love the challenge of the equipment, the netting, the stainless and the boulders.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this project.
What more do you want out of a playground? Head there with the kids, go visit, play, and drink a beer at Hopworks (nearby) afterwards. You will be so glad you did.
Take the time to view a recent RePlay play community build structure for David Douglas Arthur Academy here in Portland. Columbia produced this fantastic video which shows the hard work and fun that makes for a successful community build. Enjoy the show!
Arthur Academy is now accepting applications for enrollment for 2019. Check it out at https://ddaa.arthuracademy.org/.
I am so excited to share these fabulous night photos of anthropomorphic Japanese Playground equipment by Kito Jujio.
COLOSSAL has some of greatest design and art content available and I love how it takes Playground as a serious artistic medium. Do you have any great playground photos? Send them my way!
Traditional See-Saws have seemed to be losing popularity on playgrounds.
As we encourage our children to use cooperation, I remember a see-saw as the ultimate cooperation test. Anyone else remember the trust of getting on and off a see-saw? A good friend would set it down nice and easy for you and bad friend would jump off and leave you to slam to the ground. See-Saws were also perfect balance exercises. I remember running up one side, down the other and balancing the beam in between?
Is it time to bring it back?
The passing of David Bowie has had me re-thinking the work of the often maligned design work of Memphis Group. Bowie was a great collector of this often garish and frequently uncomfortable design. Can these bright colors and bold graphics have a lasting place for playground or site furniture? Lately we have seen a resurgence of Ocean Teal on the playground.
Pink / orange / blue / black / white ... what's next?