Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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34 Landscape Architect and Specifier News "Music is the universal language of mankind," wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1835. Music unites people across all languages, cultures, nationalities, and abilities. The benefits of music to a child's developing brain are well-studied. Music can help with language development, fine motor skills, spatial-temporal skills and more. Combine that with a playground and you have the perfect space for both physical and cognitive development. In a playground setting, music allows play between people of all ages and abilities, which is in part why LASN chose to highlight the musical elements of the following 5 playgrounds. to our ears MUSIC By Alli Rael, LASN Musical Play: Good for the Body, Mind and Soul Located beside a Chicago Park District Fieldhouse, and adjacent to Chicago Agriculture Science High School, Mount Greenwood Park is home to a therapeutic recreational program for children and adults of all abilities. The park's play environment was designed to engage visitors with play components that focus on the development of sensory, motor, and social skills. The environment also integrates public art and interactive sculptures. Inspired by musical notes, the main walkway spirals out of the ground, culminating with a custom 15-foot, interactive coiled chime tower. The mound provides a variety of unique play experiences, including a hill slide, climbing net, and climbing mounds. Local artists from the Chicago Public Art Group worked closely with community residents to design colorful tile mosaic obelisks. The space's most distinguishing features include various interactive musical pieces created by a sculptor and acoustical designer. Hitchcock Design Group won a Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter ASLA for the 1.5-acre project in 2009. Left: The custom designed and fabricated sound sculptures add a unique aspect to Mount Greenwood Park in Chicago. Sculptor James Brenner and acoustical designer Jake Worley-Hood worked through the Chicago Public Art Group to create the sound sculptures, including a 15-foot tall interactive spiral bell with chimes, a 14-foot tall cymbal, two steel drums, two xylophones, and a rainmaker. PHOTO CREDIT: CHICAGO PUBLIC ART GROUP/ALFREDO PERALTO, JR. Mount Greenwood Park Play Environment Landscape Architecture by Hitchcock Design Group Continued on page 36

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