Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News indirect and accent lighting on site. Four 16' tall steel pylons on the lawn curb, designed by Kent + Frost, emit light through cutouts representing tall grasses and fireflies. The cutouts were made using a computer- guided tube laser following a CAD layout. Accent LED lighting on the pavilion, trellises and seat walls completes the scene. The curving stone planter wall was designed as a transition between the upper level of the stage and the circular lawn plaza. Skyline schist wall stone from northern Connecticut matches other nearby off-site walls and provides a convenient seat for events and daily use. The planters are filled with perennials and grasses, including New England aster (Raydon's favorite), blue star (amsonia), blue false indigo (baptisia), meadow sage (salvia), ironweed (Vernonia), ornamental onion (allium 'Mt Everest'), and Appalachian sedge (carex). A hedge of inkberry (Ilex glabra) provides enclosure and a backdrop for the perennials. A custom-designed railing along the back of the sidewalk protects the planters from pedestrian shortcutting and doubles as a continuous bike rack. The 4" caliper 'Patriot' elms within the square are set in recessed Ironsmith paver grates and planted within a continuous band of Cornell University's CU-structural soil. Duckbill root ball anchors will ensure stability until the roots have spread into the surrounding structural soil. Town manager Matt Hart said of the square, "I'm very pleased that we chose to combine a permeable hardscape with a protected lawn area and other plantings. The hardscape is much more durable and looks great in all seasons. The square is quickly becoming the heart and soul of our community." Above Public art was a key element in designing the square. The "Weaving Shuttle" sculpture, by David Boyajian, was selected and commissioned through a competition. The sculpture represents the silk textile industry that operated in the Mansfield area during the 19th century. Middle Kent + Frost used a combination of gray, white and charcoal Unilock 'Eco-Priora' permeable pavers around the central lawn, and Series 3000 pavers in the same colors around the edges of the square. The permeable pavers were installed in a circle around the lawn, while the larger pavers were placed in a diagonal pattern to express the dominant pathway through the square. The 20" tall by 24" wide planter/seatwall is 'Skyline' granite schist. The native plants within include New England aster, meadow sage and ornamental onion. The curb surrounding the lawn is Vermont granite. The four steel pylons placed on top of the curb have LEDs and carvings representing fireflies and tall grasses. The town manager was originally quite apprehension of the plan to specify lightweight, moveable furniture, small-scale tests indicated theft would not be an issue (and hasn't)! The red bistro chairs and tables coordinate nicely with the plaza's metal-crafted elements.

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