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Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

New York, NY, US

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kids on the dinosaur slide
kids on the dinosaur slide
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Adrienne's Garden, aka LGA Pl Children's Garden

The Friends of LaGuardia Place took a strip of land left over from Robert Moses failed plan to build 5th Avenue South, and transformed it into a lush neighborhood open space in the 1980’s. Working with summer day camp students at the Center for Architecture Foundation, landscape design students at Columbia University and neighborhood residents, a master plan for the block and a schematic design were created for a new children’s garden. The main component is a whimsical toddler's play sculpture of a dragon, a reference to the political dragons Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia slayed during his tenure.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Opposite the Center for Architecture, LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
My Role: Principal Landscape Architect
Additional Credits: Donna Walcavage, FASLA; Anna Mather, Landscape Designer; Brian Field, Landscape Designer; Adrienne Goldberg, artist; Barbara Hiromura, Play Sculpture Design; EDAW|AECOM

 
ready to slide down the tongue of the dinosaur
ready to slide down the tongue of the dinosaur
climbing the scales of the dinosaur's back
climbing the scales of the dinosaur's back
climbing the scales of the dinosaur's back
climbing the scales of the dinosaur's back
unveiling the garden's plaque
unveiling the garden's plaque
Friends of LaGuardia Place Board of Directors at the opening
Friends of LaGuardia Place Board of Directors at the opening

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