The Virtual World will be the highest expression of
art/self/community - addressing the human condition and advancing the global culture
| Bonsai Enclosure
- A cave stretching from bottom of the cliff to the top.
- Can be accessed through the Monarch of the Seas of the Observatory.
- Spiral staircase of girders and bolts descend through fog
- Is a dead end until after gaining mini-sub Dolphin in land
track mode to access from the River of Life.
- Cave has a giant opening at the bottom 1/3 of the cliff. Openning is closed off by plate
glass where the Giant Bonsai and garden resides.
of the glass so it can’t be seen from above on cliff top at any angle.
It should be a surprise. Overhang may help with this
and looking at overhang from the inside of bonsai Enclosure
more visuals and massive boldness.
- As humanity has always done - we constantly struggle
with the need to subdue the environment - to create a garden to be enclosed from the human
and environmental elements and then curiously see it as a laboratory
on nature - but this still doesn't detract from our attraction to
- As one of the underground sections, it will be
popular at night as it is always lit up by electric power.
- Opening the entrance to top of shaft to bonsai brings up fog from within.
will find themselves on short spiral descending stair case that
obviously connects with the top of another off to the side. Must
hit a switch at the entrance to the staircase that will rotate the
observatory back to its original position and then the 2 staircases
Just enough lights attached to the stairs to illuminate moss glow on
cave walls and other bio-luminescence and to show the dripping form the
of the way down is the bottom of the fog layer and the accompanying
echos of sound from steps on the stairs rain from above hittingthe
stairs and sounds from below.
down, the spiral staircase is disrupted by the overall diagonal
and veritcal slant of the cave. 2 horizontal cat walks. One leads to a
glass, room sized Bay window architecture projects out past the
cliff for a closer look at the jungle than is available from cliff top.
- Other horizontal walkway
takes explorers over the new spiral stair case downward into the
bottom part of the diagonal cave. This part of staircase could be
diagonal with supporting metal beams jutting from the cave walls. then into
rock that is carved to spiral down one revolution and then spiral down on metal
stairway and onto jumble of rocks – so from either side of the rock
intersection you can see the path continues just on other side –
visually see the continuance.
- Before second spiral descent the stairs are topped by a crow's nest..
- As you descend
through the fog you begin to see lights below and start to a jungle
develop below - then you drop below the cloud layer - rust and
weathering on the stairs reflect the graduated level of moisture at
each step in altitude with heaviest fog at the top- its a rain
forest - continual splattering of rain on the spiral staircase at it
winds in a huge diameter downward
explorer descends into bottom 1/3 of cave you enter an area 4 times
wider than the upper cave and can see a huge cave openning walled in
with plate glass metal.
- Bottom of stairs are totally overgrown and disapears into the rain forest.
- Opening is
enclosed with plate glass and that good old riveted metal
reinforcement - so participant
will descend a spiraling metal riveted staircase while seeing the glass
cliff window and the jungle beyond and the reflection of the giant
- The huge area is filled with a
giant twisted up ancient tree that has all the shapes and curves
characteristics of a Bonsai and underneath the branches a garden.
- Huge thick
limbed bonsai has pulley platforms
to elevate up and down - scientific experiments and instruments at
top of platforms - takes a team approach to use pulley elevators.
- Supports for the giant bonsai tree in enclosed
environment (is also a hint of controlling nature or binding it down if some of the
supports wrap all way around the limbs) could be multi purpose - some you could slide down
- easy to hide in the giant roots/shadows etc.
- Limbs snake
off and cross over each other etc. - multiple paths that lead to
different parts of significant areas of garden. Limbs are the
paths stooping down to the garden and cave rock sperates areas.
- Bonsai shapes seen from benches and other view points show recognizable shapes.
boulders and exposed roots arching as they go over terrain. Much of the bonsai is on top of a huge boulder.
giant Asian cork carving - not lifesize but half size to see more in
perspective from the branches of the bonsai - bridges and cork birds
- At ground level the rain drops have a meditative pattern and sound level. Much pooling and streaming.
- Asian style
garden with pools, flowing water, rocks, sand, Koi, meditation spots, stairs etc.
- Shadows cast shapes from the lighting under the
bonsai branches. the light sources also play on the jungle outside the
glass at night .
waterfall spilling out of an opening in the cave wall with train style
tracks mysteriously coming out of same opening and down the wall
- both are artfully hidden by landscaping and growth. Only the sound
of the waterfall gives it away. Can't get to opening unless have
mini-sub Dolphin (in land track mode). So it is a preview of places to reach later on. Don't allow explorer to see how track enters the chamber so when
exploring the end of the the Rvier of Life later on they will be
surprised to surface into the bonsai enclosure.
Keep Following the Trail..
First Stop after getting past
the Cliff Rift are the Slave Docks