Design Team: Manda Roy, Dylan Moffat, Melissa Mellor, Barter Design Co.
The objective of this project was to create a playground piece that challenges the grey area of risk taking based on action and reaction. While children climb up the ropes, this elevates the opposite side creating a counter-active pendulum. Children are always looking for some excitement, and the idea is to not create something that they will get hurt on, but to let them engage in the organic sense of free play. Our focus was to harvest kinetic energy, delivering an educational and timeless piece of playground equipment in a large scale.
Individual movements will trigger reactions of the arc swinging. This manipulates the overall structure of the structure- as more kids play, the structure becomes more dynamic.
We named our structure “Coast” which means to move easily without using power. It also connects to the West Coast environment of the grey whale, which our visual inspiration for the structure is based upon. The Child is able to visually and physically encounter the profound size and structure of being with in and with out a whale giving the child magnificent satisfaction of kinetic wonder.