The Sensory Space is an interactive, inclusive sculpture designed for both the particular audience of children with sensory differences, and for the general public. Highlights | the curve of the wall is angled to create overhangs for easier handicap access; a playful mosaic “wave” uses bright colors to improve its visibility and pop off the 2D surface; varied textures of glass tile invite visitors to run their hands along the wall; playground components introduce motion and sound; engraved words offer opportunities to vocalize; handmade mosaic mandalas address each of the 5 senses; holes through the wall create a view to the other side; hidden tiles encourage an active treasure hunt.
As part of the Peacehaven Sensory Space design process, a collaborative community event offered an opportunity for children and parents to create tiles for the mosaic wave.
Painted, fired and ready to be incorporated into the mosaic wave.
Hand-made tile mandalas, one for each of the 5 senses, and one for “Dream!” Peek through the center to the other side of the wall, and see your reflection in the mirror tiles. Details from the mosaic wave, grouted in rainbow colors. Tiles from the community collaboration and hand-made mandalas are embedded all along—a treasure hunt!
The Peacehaven Community Farm Sensory Space (LeBauer Park, Greensboro, NC) was designed by PAC3, a public art collaboration between Cynthia Frank and Carrie Gault (happyboxarchitecture.com). Peacehaven Community Farm Sensory Space had the honor of being selected by the Society of American Mosaic Artists juried show for their Mosaic Arts International 2017 Site-specific Mosaic Exhibition. PAC3: We believe public art can, and should start a conversation with its audience. We create “place” by bringing together dynamic form, creative imagery and meaningful content. We connect artwork with the surrounding cultural and physical landscape. We design to engage.
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