MO: Round 2: Wes Pitter vs. Isaiah S.: Devil's Playground . "You are invited to tour one of the most desired recreation locations in the Dark Dimension." RSVP Yours truly, You Know Who . Isaiah S.
Category: A Day at the Park? Basically, build a twisted playground.
Greetings! I am Death. Uh, in case you're wondering, I'm a anthromorphical represententation of an inanimate force. In other words, this is the only time you'll see me. Welcome to the Devil's Playground!
This playground is known throughout the vast Dungeon Dimension (where you are right now - watch the molten lava around your feet!) as a haven for lost souls. The Dungeon Master keeps that myth alive, though you'll see the freedom to be found here is...greatly overstated.
Visitor to the playground must scale this slippery pinnacle to attain the joys above. By the way, if you're not a lost soul, why are you here? Oh, you're related to the Dark One? Ah, I just love these little "tours" he organizes.
Another obstacle awaits thrill-seekers - a horizontal shelf, with no roof access.
Many hopefuls approach the sandbox first, but I warn them - in addition to the usual hazards - glass, cigarettes, and kitty doo - the sand gets awfully warm.
Some brave souls attempt to mount the play structure. Let's see what awaits...
"Caution: Slide may get hot." I made that sign myself.
"No water due to extreme drought. Management is using available resources." Another great sign!
"Out of order."
Oh, this dragon is fun. But watch the dismount. The last lucky soul to try him had an exhilarating .8 second ride to the molten rock bed.
The only danger I've ascertained from the monkey bars is painful blisters. Unless you lose your grip, of course.
"Do not jump off swings."
Let's zoom out to appreciate the total view. Nice, huh?
Here's what you saw in the thumbnail the Dragon Master probably showed you.
And here's the backside. What? Leaving already? Fine. See you soon! Ha, ha, ha...
Building notes: Okay, this was the most fun building I've had in quite some time. Thanks to the judges for designing this contest, and especially for this category. As a dad and teacher, I spend countless hours on playgrounds, thinking, looking, and wanting to build them. Although I've never visited a playground quite like this, I used a lot of inspiration from real life. I think.
My wife insists she not get credit for the final photo. Sadly, moments like this cement the fact in her mind that I cannot be trusted with the precious camera.
Quick note: This was a modular build. Keeping the section separate was a huge help in working through the intricate rockwork. No hinges were used in this project, if that means anything - the off-angle rocks are all designed that way through friction.
I need to give Terry Pratchet (the author) a bit of credit - His character Death calls himself an anthropomorphic expression or something like that. Pratchett also alludes to a "Dungeon Dimension," so I borrowed his term.
Thanks: Again, my wife came through for me. She was woken up by my 6-month old daughter saying, "Da, da, da" for the first time! and came downstairs to take my pictures. She also gave me time during the day to edit and post. I love you!