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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78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 2 8 Tree trimming was necessary to keep young people from climbing into the trees where the branches were low and to help make way for the steel lighting trees to complete their route through the site. In total, we had to design and fabricate 16 sculptures for the backdrops, install 37 stone block benches with quotes engraved on each, construct about 8 donor recognition stones with bronze or laser cut steel plaques, design and manufacture 86 steel trees, pour concrete for tree piers, backdrops, sculptures and a stage. Lastly, install the site's electricity and irrigation. A massive undertaking that took 5 months to complete. This project was a herculean effort. It was accomplished by a fantastic team of contractors and volunteers, performing hard work, coupled with a kind donation of services. Engineering, surveying, and contracting services were donated, the Dyess Air Force Base's "We Care Team" donated countless hours of technical and nontechnical work; retirees, professionals, high school kids, a university football team and many more came together to make this all work. The philanthropic community of Abilene also stepped up brightly with a phenomenal outpouring of financial support. The final budget tallied up to around $700,000. In the end, Abilene joined together to create something really special. The park showcases wonderful sculptures that represent famous illustrations, in turn, celebrating a child's imagination. Considerations: the Cultural Affairs Council, myself (Mitch Wright with Vista Planning & Design), the City Parks and Recreation Department, Dyess Air Force Base and private/public donors. Continued from page 18 p l a y g ro u n d Artist Steve Neves led the sculpture creation. Mr. Neves is the professor of sculpture for Hardin Simmons University. His colleague Geoff Broderick, professor of sculpture at Abilene Christian University, had the foundry for casting the bronzes. Here, the Three Little Kittens get a scolding from their mother after losing their mittens. Now they are sad because they won't get any pie!

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