Marble Play Heritage

Curiosity and Imagination at the Centre of Playground Design

Marble Play Heritage
Marble Play Heritage
Marble Play Heritage
Marble Play Heritage

Project Credits

Client

Manukau City Council

Date Completed

2004

Sector

Public & Civic

Awards

2006 NZILA
// Pride of Place
// Rural Park, Recreational
// Silver

2004 Ellerslie Flower Show
// Children's Heritage Park Play
// Bronze

Project Lead

Maurice Kiely

Design Team
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Giant steel marbles depicting the traditional childhood game were central to Chow:Hill’s design of Manukau City Council’s Ellerslie International Flower Show entry.

Intended as an interactive sculptural interpretation of the traditional childhood game of marbles, Chow:Hill’s landscape design team brought heritage to the fore in its design of Manukau City Council’s entry to the Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Central to the land art piece were giant steel ‘marbles’, set amongst a swirling mass of groundcover and winding timber paths that reflected the patterning within the traditional toy, while harakeke plants gave the environment a distinctly New Zealand feel. Interpretative panels, mounted throughout the undulating landscape, achieved a second key aspect of learning – insight into traditional games from a global, cross-cultural perspective.

As well as encouraging activity and unstructured play, another key design consideration was the ease of implementation. Limited set-up time, prior to the opening of New Zealand’s foremost garden show, challenged Chow:Hill’s landscape design team to merge creativity with functionality in a relocatable playground setting that had longevity of use.

The outcome was described as a ‘delightfully self-contained space’ that artfully integrated children’s play and education.

Marble Play Heritage

Project Overview

Client

Manukau City Council

Status

2004

Giant steel marbles depicting the traditional childhood game were central to Chow:Hill’s design of Manukau City Council’s Ellerslie International Flower Show entry.

Intended as an interactive sculptural interpretation of the traditional childhood game of marbles, Chow:Hill’s landscape design team brought heritage to the fore in its design of Manukau City Council’s entry to the Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Central to the land art piece were giant steel ‘marbles’, set amongst a swirling mass of groundcover and winding timber paths that reflected the patterning within the traditional toy, while harakeke plants gave the environment a distinctly New Zealand feel. Interpretative panels, mounted throughout the undulating landscape, achieved a second key aspect of learning – insight into traditional games from a global, cross-cultural perspective.

As well as encouraging activity and unstructured play, another key design consideration was the ease of implementation. Limited set-up time, prior to the opening of New Zealand’s foremost garden show, challenged Chow:Hill’s landscape design team to merge creativity with functionality in a relocatable playground setting that had longevity of use.

The outcome was described as a ‘delightfully self-contained space’ that artfully integrated children’s play and education.

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Marble Play Heritage

Project Credits

Client

Marble Play Heritage

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Public & Civic

Awards

2006 NZILA
// Pride of Place
// Rural Park, Recreational
// Silver

2004 Ellerslie Flower Show
// Children's Heritage Park Play
// Bronze

 

Project Lead

Maurice Kiely

Design Team
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