Friday, May 21, 2010

What's Going On in the Garden

This week was a flurry of activity in our Children’s Garden in preparation for the opening of our new play spaces on June 11 – just a few weeks away! Some of the highlights:

The steel frame of The Climber arrived on Monday and was put into place.

Then the supporting cables were attached – climbing platforms will be added next week.

The cave structure went from a surreal white carved foam environment….

to having a layer of concrete applied to give it texture and durability.

Then there was cave painting! Underland is taking on such an earthy, underground look – so very much like the drawings we’ve seen for so long.

We also got to see the work commissioned for Underland from some local artists: this chipmunk by sculptor Marly Rogers, which will be part of the burrow wall,

and one of the sculptural steel sand flowers by metal smith Lu Heintz.

The beginnings of the worm tunnels were laid out in our shop,

and staff got to leave their mark!
Coming this weekend and next week: rubber flooring around The Climber and in Underland, construction of the sandpit, curvy green climbing platforms added to The Climber frame, installation of individual Underland components…and so much more.

Click here AND here to learn more about the process of creating Underland. Also check out this article by Museum director Janice O'Donnell for the big picture of our plans and stay tuned for more photos and updates!

1 comment:

Cathy said...

It's so exciting to see all the things we have been dreaming about take physical shape!