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Just to keep people out this could have been placed on the outside of the sleeper play wall. Waste of a costly and valuable asset. The magnificent cast-iron gates were removed. All this was done without reference to the architect who had obtained these, free of charge, transported them, and presented them to the kindergarten. The interior friezes invited the parents to get out their brushes and paints and decorate them in a style that nearly gave the architect a fit when visiting the building to show it off to a classy Swedish visitor.

From dull tunnels the underpasses are transformed into shady, dry, light, and attractive playspaces or 'clubrooms' for the children in a climate that needs shade in summer and shelter from heavy rain in winter. 51 Brief for underpass sculptures. 1. 2. 3. 4. To To To To invite children's interest. be vandal-proof. be attractive to adults. be economical. Solution: Instant participation sculpture' The criteria, according to developers, builders, artists, and child-psychologists have been met: 1. Rough textures invite the children to 'pick' and 'dig' as they like to do.

1. Bio-walls. One version of the bio-wall: a continuous protected groove for planting. Up-side-down this pattern makes a sun-louvre for tropical use. Continuous planting has the decisive advantage over creepers that death does not create a problem of cleaning walls. 2. Mini-growth on bio-walls. Mosses and tiny scale plants, self sown or introduced to concrete walls by judicious choice, humanise surfaces in a way that is enchanting. Sculp-crete surfaces can maximise this natural phenomenon and the process can be speeded up.

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