Sun Bird Park’s giant wooden nests were inspired by surrounding bird habitat and even evoke the imagery of flowers. The curving, ski-inspired ribs were constructed from various wood species and treated with a non-toxic mixture of oil, wax and tree resin. Stainless steel mesh fabric asymmetrically covers the spaces between the wooden ribs.
In addition to the connecting ropes and bridges between the nests, the playground also includes a climbing wall as a nod to one of Colorado’s favorite sports. Sun Bird Park was also designed as an equal-access park so that children with disabilities and adaptive skills can enjoy the space. The contemporary project was created as part of the city’s artist-commissioned parks program, which has included a pirate ship jungle gym and a playground with giant steel statues.
Images via Tres Birds Workshop