Yaki Molcho - Playground Designer
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Modeling and Plans
Designing installations for a park is a complex process that requires constant balancing of the form
of the designs with the needs of the children and their safety. I start by creating the form with wire mesh, taking into
account the concept for the park and its installations, terrain conditions on the ground and budgetary
considerations, all the while changing and redesigning the shapes
of the installations as they evolve.
After the model is finished and approved by the client, work plans are submitted for approval
to The Standards Institution of Israel before any construction begins. Consulting with these experts continues
throughout the construction process and up to the point when the finished
playing installations are placed in the park.
Based on the models, the shapes of the installations are recreated with iron rods that are placed
over a heavy stable metal base. The whole structure is covered by a flexible metal net in order to absorb the
layers of cement that are laid on top of it. The surface of the installations has to be smooth
in order to avoid scratching and bruising while playing. At this point in the process, a great deal of care
is given to creating coves and curves that are pleasent to touch, lay upon and play on.
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Throughout the process of creating the installations, extra care is taken to ensure
safety protocols are adhered to. Also addressed at this point is the need to limit the children's access
to specific parts of the installation. For safety reasons the surface around the playground
installations is covered in rubber casting or tiles in order to protect
the children while playing.
Once the construction of the installations is complete and the surfaces are smooth, I draw
all the outlines for the creatures' coloring making sure they match the original design. In order to reduce
the impact on the installations of stress and wear from continuous use and the fading of the paints
under the strong Israel sun, they are painted with more durable 'Du Pont' paints that do
not fade and last for a period of several years.