Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 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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Continued from page 20 p l a y g ro u n d Above: The Generation Tree was created in honor of the many generous donors and supporters. It symbolizes and celebrates the multiple generations of families that continue to care for the town of Abilene. As with all the tall structures found within the park, the Generation Tree is constructed out of rebar. To further pay homage to the kind supporters, the tree is also surrounded by 8 donor benches, which offer a comfortable and centralized place to sit down. Top, Right: All of the bronze sculptures located throughout the park were taken specifically from illustrations created by Mr. Williams and had to go through the process of vetting and sanctioning by the estates and families of the illustration owners. In this photo, "Stuart Little" is seen rowing his boat in a rendition of the original cover image from 1945. Bottom, Right: "The idea of bollards and light standards just didn't seem to fit the highly convoluted space and the imaginative feel that I was trying to achieve. Through multiple brainstorming sessions and discussions, the idea of recreating the symbology of Charlotte weaving her web across the garden emerged as an idea for facilitating the lighting of the site." - Mitchell Wright, ASLA, ALCP, LEED AP the main structure, while number 3 and 4 rebar completed connections and ornaments, as well as being a line for the light strands to affix to. The lights were a firefly or fairy type of light that was commercial grade with a long life expectancy and the ability to swap out small sections if needed for repairs over time. Supplementing these are spotlights that provided ample light to the pathway, washed tree canopies and sculpture sites. The beauty of this strategy, beyond stimulating the imagination, was that all lighting fixtures were overhead about 10 feet up from any bollards or ground-mounted fixtures. In keeping with the highly organic form and imagination of the design, each of the light trees had two cross vine plants at the base to grow onto the steel structure over time. I anticipate that, over time, the cross vine will colonize the steel in the high sunlight areas and be less aggressive under the shade of the trees on site. With so many shade trees that were planted back in the early 1970s, and large trees being somewhat of a precious commodity in West Texas, we made a concerted effort to protect them from damage during the construction. We solicited the volunteer guidance of two local arborists to refine the methodology for the trees. First to be completed was mapping the branching patterns of the trees, with major canopy areas and limbs measured and mapped on the plan. This was needed to verify and adjust the path of the steel lighted trees that weave through the site and ensure minimal interference with the natural trees. Fencing was erected around the drip lines of all trees except where the pathways were to be excavated. Once the primary landscape contractor, Masterscapes, was hired, radial mulching around each tree was performed by air spading trenches, radiating around the perimeter of each tree and filled with rich organic compost. 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 78

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