Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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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diminish the presence of a street, which bisects the park. To make the entire park space read, feel and work as one larger and uninterrupted whole, the design called for all of the park's major elements and connections to extend across the street, visually connecting the park's two halves. Anchoring this design strategy, the two fountains were placed as distant landmarks at the opposite ends of the park's long central axis. This placement draws the park user's attention to the furthest points possible, so the fountains emphasize the far edges of the park rather than the roadway at the center. This creates the impression that the park is much larger than it would otherwise feel had its design been fragmented within the two smaller parcels that it occupies. While the design of both fountains is fully integrated with the native Carolina granite seat walls throughout, each fountain has a unique form and function, to support a wide variety of park uses and experiences. The South Fountain is a children's sprayground. It is located across the street from a light rail train stop, a market and from ImaginOn. This fountain has more than a dozen interactive water play features that captivate children and inspire them to bound about, seeking the source of the next spout of water. Timed lights make the water effects even more playful at night, and a 150' long "granite outcrop" at the edge of the water provides a place for parents to rest while keeping a watchful eye. With Charlotte's Top: A sculpture by renowned Spanish sculptor Jaume Plansa titled, "Ainsa III," was installed between the North Fountain and the UNCC's Center City building. "Ainsa III" is constructed from die-cast, fabricated stainless steel letterforms. The subject of the statue is a woman and she sits atop a stone base that was quarried in Ainsa, a town in northeastern Spain. Bottom: Upon closer examination, an astute observer will notice the letterforms that construct the statue are derived from different alphabets including: Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Cyrillic and Hindi. July 2018 53

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