Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).
If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:
- Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
- Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
- Virtually rot proof
- 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA
- swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
- outdoor life time warranty for 30 years
- no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
- high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms
Came across this company recently. They rep themselves as an AV hardware company that specializes in elements for interpretative environments.
Saw their headphones in use at the Blues museum in St. Louis and was impressed with the beefy armored cable and heavy duty swivel point connection (see photos). They also sell interesting solutions like weather proof, solar powered interp audio stations for outdoor use (think zoos, natural trails). They are in England, but if the quality is high, might be worth dealing with an overseas supplier to obtain hardware elements that would require considerable R&D if we produced internally. And since their solar and hand crank options should be completely self-contain (i.e. self-powered) shouldn’t be issues with different electrical standards. Not the prettiest stuff, but I could see us finding ways to incorporate the hardware into our own structure / scenic envelops with good results. They also sell full service kiosk design & fab (content & hardware) through their Blackbox website.
Visitor Powered Outdoor Audio Stations (the hand crank is a novel approach)
Armor Cable Headphones
Building on Mr. Toth’s find, it’s worth checking out some of the other elements in the ENESS portfolio. Investigating other firm’s work is a great way to inspire out own thinking about what’s possible. Here’s a few that caught my eye from the ENESS portfolio:
We’d probably execute this a little differently, but this idea has a lot of potential.
Love how they’ve blended physical motion with a visual / digital illustration of the motion. Poetic really. We should think of a way to us a similar technique in one of our moving elements.
This looks like an implementation of their OTS modules that Mr. Toth flagged. Not clear if it’s interactive, but certainly could be.
This may be the most compact “water table” I’ve ever seen. We typically spread experiences out to allow for maximum visitor capacity, sightlines, etc, but there’s something interesting about the surrounding nature of this installation. Interesting use of a small avaliable footprint. – Sean
Courtesy of Allen
Great pieces of inspiration right here in our own neck of the woods! Click picture for all!
First time I’ve come across this -a “designer” line of HDPE. Comes in variety of non-conventional colors and more importantly, finishes including hammered, orange peel, and brushed. They also will match PMS colors on custom orders. There’s not good imagery on the web site but we should get a set of samples if we don’t already have them.
The same company carries a line of flame proof HDPE called FLAMETEC.
“The collection features standard colors of Stainless, Bronze, Nickel, Java and Shale in various textures to add to their visual appeal. Additional dramatic colors and textures are available by special order, including Sequoia, Concrete, Onyx, Storm and Black.”
As much as its referenced daily here, i thought it might interest folks to see this time lapse doc on Disneyland. 🙂 We also hadn’t used much for the “theme park” category tag 🙂