The entrance and structure
In 1978, my father, Derek Young, a landscape architect, was commissioned to design an area of a state park (now a municipal park) in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. There were several elements that were required, including a bridge and a picnic shelter. These images are of the picnic shelter he designed that was inspired by the shape of a dinosaur skeleton he had recently seen. Since the geology of the area is among the oldest currently on the surface of the Earth, he thought it was fitting to look to the past as inspiration for the design, hence the dinosaur.
This picnic shelter has come to symbolize the town in many ways. Everyone knows "the shelter," and it is a common gathering spot. In the 40 years it has been there, it has hosted many weddings, parties, family reunions, company picnics and the like.
The shelter is a symbol of this small town on the Minnesota Prairie the same way the reflective bean is a symbol of the city of Chicago. If it had been built in a more traveled part of the world, it would be known by more people but it is no less of a work for its relative obscurity.
It is my father's masterpiece and I am proud of him for his vision of giving this park something more than what was called for: A simple, pitched-roof square or rectangular picnic shelter would have fulfilled the requirements but it would not have created something beloved.
As designers, we cannot always give our clients more than what they ask for but when we can, it's worth the fight.
Camera: Frozen Photon Camera Co. Sixty3
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 65mm f8 Super-Angulon
Film: Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100
Scanner: Epson V600
Photoshop: Curves, Healing Brush (spotting)