An integral piece of Roberts’ design process is extensive collaboration and alliance. Roberts worked with “self-advocates with disabilities and their allies” to envision a piece that matched the piazza’s purpose, encouraged play and civic participation, she said.
“In talking with Bryony during her planning phase, our goal was to make the installation interesting from a multi-sensory perspective. That meant making sure there were interesting textures for kids to explore, interesting things to feel, ... like the hanging strands of different lengths. It also meant incorporating movement, like the net, which is also important and interesting for any child,” former Children & Youth Program Manager at the Center for the Visually Impaired Greg Aikens said.
“Sitara Nayak and myself were blessed to give input with assuring the event play structure was not only wheelchair accessible, but enjoyable for those with mobility challenges,” Director of Support Services for Parent to Parent of Georgia Mitzi Proffitt said.
OTL offers a play area through the incorporation of tactile elements for purposes of orientation, exploration, mobility, stimulation and open-ended play.
What first catches your eye are the multi-leveled pink, yellow, orange and red strands attached to the top of the curved steel installation. The strands divide the spaces to create pods. The open center area is considered the social zone that fosters playing, talking and provides additional seating through steel platforms at varying heights and red knotted nylon rope seating areas. Located on each end is a quiet zone designed for relaxing.
The installation is free, open to the public (not restricted to the museum’s hours) and is running through Nov. 28.
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