Mid-Century Monster

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Mid-Century Monster - Fairyland Made Practical - America's first play...
Fairyland Made Practical - America's first play sculpture, a revolutionary type of playground playground structure, features the Oakland Park Department dis- dis- play at the, garden show. Designed to give full rein to , children's imagination and their. ' healthy instincts for climbing, crawling, and Sliding, the fan- fan- tastic object, resembling the wreckage of a beached whaling ship, eliminates all hazards encountered encountered v in the traditional ; forms of playground equipment. Children visualize in it the deck of a ship i plowing the waves, j the pinnacle of the v world's' highest mountain, the mysterious caves and tunnels of an underground city. It has innumerable openings for children to crawl through, : places' fpr climbing, three slides, : including one of bannister type, and four caves and tunnels, with speaking tubes to transmit voices " from one to another. ' - SAFETY STRESSED Designed by Robert Winston, instructor at the California Col- Col- lege of Arts and Crafts, the sculpture stresses safety in play. - There Is not a sharp edge or corner in the structure, and in , use it will be based on white sand to cushion slides off its . sloping surfaces. ' Idea for the new type of playground playground equipment originated in . Sweden, but the Oakland unit I has been enlarged and augmented augmented beyond first conceptions. It is the first of its kind to be ' built in the United States. Wilfiara. Penn Mott Jr city . parTc director, has - announced . . that the structure will be placed in Lakeside Park after the show, on a beach site below the bandstand. bandstand. : - ; It will then be available for children's use,, in conjunction with a new-type new-type new-type spray pool an vacating wading pool with water sprinkling , upward. ' . . NEW ERA SEEN jji, Its Introduction at the garden show is attracting wide attention, attention, not only from parents, but , from school and recreation au- au- thorities who see in it the forerunner forerunner of a new idea in playground playground utility and safety. ' . More than two tons of steel rod and mesh are in the intricate, intricate, skeleton of the sculpture, built by Macri and Hood Iron Works, which created the framework framework for most of the displays at - Children's Fairyland. The Ingenuity Ingenuity of fabricator J. H. Witt ' was tested to the limit to meet the architect's conception of - curves and openings.' ' ' : The framework Is covered with IS tons of plaster, tinted in chartreuse. The completed structure 4s 25 feet long, 7 feet tall at its highest point, and has a maximum breadth of 10 feet. Background for the sculpture Is a colorful mural, depicting a Brazilian ; garden setting with snow-capped snow-capped snow-capped blue mountains In the distance. Painted by . the Park Department from a design created by Amedee M.. Sourdry, city landscape architect, the mural is 50 feet long and 12 feet In the foreground is a 56-foot 56-foot 56-foot pool; with the 'whole display defined defined by a steel fence. ' An overhead, or shelter, of fabric on wire diffuses the sunlight sunlight over the play t sculpture. The surrounding "sitting area" Is furnished with picnic benches, reading chairs, and outdoor living living furniture, all ; in contemporary contemporary design by Winston. FOLLOWS STYLE Created especially for the gar den show, it relates -to -to the new forms in landscape architecture. A grin work for Wind protection, and . a vine support are part of the contemporary-type contemporary-type contemporary-type ture. . t ' 1 The entire structure is painted, struc- struc- yellow, resting on a white base. It attains the required tropical effect for the show's theme with a I collection Of ophilodendrons, several types of draecenas, ma-ranta, ma-ranta, ma-ranta, hibiscus, and nitida rubber rubber trees, of the small bush type. 03?.-. 03?.-. 03?.-. Sze-, 1 1 ! L ... . . v. Joan Henderson with Dawn Redwoods of Harry Roberts, Piedmont. Dawn Redwood is oldest living tree. -is. -is. ACRE ATE " ! ' Ui." , ,

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 27 Apr 1952, Sun,
  3. Page 69

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