behind the design

BTD-Inspiration Playground: Artists at Work

Design Concepts Behind the Design

The collaboration between landscape architect and master artist is the storyline of this video.  In this Behind the Design story at Bellevue’s Inspiration Playground, we’re celebrating the artistry and master craftsmanship happening in an eclectic back alley of Denver’s National Western Complex neighborhood.  Here, in the emerging Rhino Art District, tucked among historic buildings, restaurants, studios, railyards, storage yards and stockyards, is the workshop of Chevo Studios.  Master stone artist and maestro of art that lives beautifully in its surroundings, Andy Dufford and his team are skillfully carving, cutting, grinding, hammering and fabricating massive boulders of sandstone and granite, soon-to-become the Water Play Table and Canyon Waterfall Boulders at Inspiration Playground.

At Inspiration Playground, We’ve Got Stories to Tell!

Inspirartion Playground Rotary Club of Bellevue

From Gestural Concepts to Easter Eggs, special features at Inspiration Playground have many Behind the Design stories to tell, and we’re gonna tell them all!

A Plethora of Special Features

There’s no shortage of fun design features for this extra-special inclusive playground. Inspiration Playground’s custom features have a life in the making with a conceptual process spanning five phases of implementation and creation:

  • First comes the idea. 
  • Second comes the client’s approval.
  • Third comes the final design and detailing.
  • Fourth comes fabrication.
  • Fifth comes installation.
  • Finally comes play time!

Inspired Collaborators

Play For All

Some of the Behind the Design (BTD) stories revolve around the seriously talented team for the sculptural climbing features. These collaborations are reinventing outdated playgrounds and shaping them into dynamic, interactive and fantastical playworlds. The two firms of Design Concepts and ID Sculpture have worked together for years, changing the face of traditional playgrounds. 

At Inspiration Playground in Bellevue, Washington, this teaming is creating a playground full of life, both real and sculptural. With ID Sculpture’s collaborative brilliance in craftsmanship, artistic imagination, and cutting edge technologies, they’re using innovation and imagination in new ways. 

Upcoming Chapters

Currently under construction, Inspiration Playground is a story worth sharing.  We’re documenting and telling how things take shape on paper, and literally, on site.  Stay tuned . . . more BTD stories to come about Inspiration Playground’s special features:

Step-by-Step Process: From Gestural Concepts to Easter Eggs

  • A Design Process From No. 2 Pencil to Haptic Sculpting
  • Art in Stone
  • It’s in the Details: Art, Craftsmanship, Design Fidelity, Textural Nuances and More
  • Big Grand Themes
  • Technologies Make Features Reasonable Realities
  • Creativity Across Many Mediums
  • The Making of a Wisdom Tre