White Center, Washington, USA 2007
Land-Slide is a pocket playground conceived as a sculptural earthwork for the Greenbridge housing development. It includes a stainless steel slide and railing, concrete walls and steps, a sand pit, and plantings. The functional play elements were designed to comply with playground safety guidelines for slopes, railings, steps, fall zones, and surfaces while still offering a unique exploratory environment. The forms were inspired by the flowing characters of many of the languages spoken by the largely immigrant community of Greenbridge. The inward focus of the park encourages social interaction while an etched world map that acts as a non-slip surface on the slide platform references the outward focus of the international community.
Land-Slide was commissioned by King County Housing Authority.