‘ C l o u d s c a p e ‘
Welcome to Cloudscape!
A play sculpture that draws you in
to connect, explore, and see the world afresh.
Cloudscape is an all ages play sculpture that invites exploration and connection.
A ramp winds up to a geodesic dome. Steps, seating, platforms and a slide are built into the sides of the ramp.
A 6.3m wide round platform under a geodesic dome ( 5/8 5v) creates a playful multipurpose space.
Ferrocement spheres ranging from 1.2m to 2.7m diameter offer climbing opportunities both inside and outside as well as ‘zen’ views of the sky and surroundings.
More about Cloudscape
The first Cloudscape piece is a prototype.
Possible locations for the first piece include:
Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
Jarret Park, Bellingen
Description of construction & materials
Suggested construction methods / materials:
– rammed earth ramp
– ferrocement spheres
– geodesic dome: hardwood struts with steel connectors
height : 6 metres
width : 29 metres (including ramp)
depth : 18 metres (including ramp)
Cloudscape scale model
The 1:20 scale model sits on a 1.7 x 1.2m base.
A smaller scale model can be created using 3D printing technology.
Estimated cost of construction
Desired ‘opening’ date
Cloudscape offers a place for community members to come together.
Cloudscape offers a place for people who feel isolated to be around others.
Cloudscape is a focal point for the local community.
Connections and conversations between random people is made possible as this piece is an ‘icebreaker’ of sorts.
The construction of the sculpture has the potential to bring the community together.
An apprentice type of arrangement between experienced tradesmen / craftsmen and youth could benefit both with a rich sharing of skills and wisdom and a sense of mentorship and guidance to the younger members and deep connection and sense of contribution to both.
In this way, the community connections would be strengthened and the sculpture would taken on an added dimension of meaning to the community.
We need more opportunities for play in public spaces.
We need play opportunities for people of ALL ages (not just kids).
The spiral and spherical forms offer a fun and inspiring way to experience the world.
Connection between people is SO important – especially in our increasingly virtual world.
17 November, 2020
The model has been modified to increase the size of the windows in each sphere.
Eight ‘little people’ have been created so far to bring the model the life.
A new video to more clearly explain the concept and experience is started.
I have started reaching out to share the vision and gather support.
03 November, 2020
Fine tuning is underway on the model as I open up the window holes from the minimal size I started with to the size I’ve now decided on.
I’m also in the process of making a number of 1:20 scale ‘little people’. I’m currently making nine characters using wire and polymer clay.
12 October, 2020
The 1:20 scale model is now complete and perspective views and videos are underway.
With social isolation now at epidemic proportions and a growing dependence on technology, the need for public space that invites people to physically explore and connect is more important than ever.
This is ‘social media’ that brings people together and offers a place for open communication and hope for the future.
Please support this vision in any way you can!