Rhapsody® – Outdoor Musical Instruments – Freestanding Play – Landscape Structures


[ ♪ ♫ ♪ ] I’m Tom Keller I’m an industrial designer
for Landscape Structures. Paramount to the design of the equipment
was the sound, that’s what the number one thing that we concentrated on and of
course along with that comes to the construction of the equipment. So, the
durability how it lasts in an outdoor setting, that is who we are as a company
and that’s where we concentrated on. The mechanics that were involved in each of
the pieces in the music line really employ a very again sophisticated and
yet simple element in how they’re attached to the steel backer to the
actual placement and the node points of each note. And how we can hold them
rigidly in an outdoor environment and again how they’re going to last, what’s
going to make this so much different than what’s currently in the field. So this simple element right here we went to a urethane over molded sphere on an
aluminum shaft that’s been swagged on to this cable that’s attached firmly in
position. Our equipment is going to meet playground standards and with that we
wanted to make sure that if a child is using the equipment and they were to
somehow come down here and get their head in there or their neck in place
then we’ve devised this what we’re calling a quick-release mechanism so
that simple force is applied and it pops out of the holder I mean more than that
it just simply comes out. What also makes this unique because we’ve provided a
place to put the mallet every time after they’ve been used and that’s going to
help the groundskeepers the maintenance people. The beauty is in the actual
mechanics of the equipment inside of this tube and of course you can’t see it
but there’s a hook assembly that attaches to the node points
rather they control the actual tonal quality of the pieces are the notes. There is a spring tensioning device that provides
very stable conditions for it we don’t want this to turn into a wind chime we
want this to be actual notes that you know the neighbors aren’t going to want
to hear this thing late at night if the wind is blowing so that’s one of the
reasons why we employ that device. As with all the pieces we used anthrometrics consistent with wheelchair users to have them be able to wheel up have
access to the equipment and to be able to use it as the full range. It’s important to us every time we design something for Landscape Structures that
we consider the ability of all users. Aesthetics were of course a very important
consideration that we made all of the nuts bolts fasteners etc are not visible.
We of course use them they’re a very important part of each of the designs
but they’re not easily apparent and we wanted the designs to be very clean very
aesthetically pleasing contemporary and so all the material choices including
the fasteners etc were part of the design aesthetic. For as simple as these
look this is one element that we spent a lot of time on what we used is a
polycarbonate skin that is literally stretched over a spun steel sphere or
not sphere but vessel rather. And along with that because it is under tension
we’re able to produce a more true drum sound. [drum playing] Holes can form one thing that’s really
important in a playground setting it’s place for bees to go so if this was left
open the sound would be just as good but we would invite critters bees spiders
etc to the inside of these vessels and that’s something that we didn’t want. Here it is LSI’s new music line that we call Rhapsody. Six different components
each unique each has a different sound each is true to LSI’s commitment to
quality, durability, and one most importantly good looks. [ ♪ ♫ ♪ ]