"Cypress Landing", the 10,000 sq. ft. new children's play area at Zoo Miami, with its major water feature was designed by Matthew Geller and includes a multi-colored stainless steel 32' tall misting and water showering Cypress tree, water spraying Cypress knees, seating, playgrounds, landscaping, a concession stand, and a 150’ mural by Diana Kingsley. (con't below)
Three of the knees have push buttons that each operate two water nozzles in the tree such that water streams down through the mist. Three other knees each have a push button and two water nozzles. The mist is in a constant state of flux, sensitive to the slightest changes in wind, temperature, and humidity, and can lower the air temperate by as much as 30°.
Metalab provided design development and fabrication documentation services for the vertical structure. As construction managers they coordinated with the fabrication and installation contractors.
I’ve often worked with a visual vocabulary that doesn’t immediately telegraph its status as art. I like to use sites and vernaculars that have been marginalized in some form: the controlled chaos of industrial infrastructure (Open Channel Flow & Chroma Booster), the abandoned limb of an amusement park ride (Greenway Blueway Byway Skyway & Nautical Swing), or the aging tree in a public park (Woozy Blossom & Cypress Landing). I take these abject artifacts and retrofit them to create a ready-made public square. The idea is to surprise while fostering a sense of community around an unlikely object or site.
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