The Cold War era rocket ship playgrounds located throughout North America. 
Selected photographs from the collection

At the height of the 20th century Space Race, rocket ship playgrounds were mass produced in the United States. In an effort to instill dreams of going to the moon and beyond into the minds of children, communities, in a collective effort, began hiring playground equipment companies to install these iconic steel structures throughout public and private landscapes in rural, suburban, and metropolitan North America. For over 15 years I have criss-crossed the United States in my car over a dozen times documenting these Cold War-era playgrounds exclusively with an 8” x 10” analog view camera. Using color and black and white films I record these environments of escapism making images of various forms of apparatus used for flight, with an intense focus on the iconic rocket slide capturing a typological leitmotiv. Drawn to the idea that these environments once represented a science fiction dream of traveling into space that was eventually realized, I continue to visit the same locations to record the symbolic environments in which these rocket ships are slowly disintegrating, vanishing, or being retrofitted. Over time the project has evolved into an exploration and documentation of manufactured recreational spaces representative of cultural and Utopian ideals. I continue to consider if those spaces reflect the current ideology and dreams of today’s society on Earth, as we consider new ideas and agendas regarding preservation of open and vertical space, recreation, flight, and space tourism.

The diorama theaters are presented in a dark room where the only visible light appears through photographic paper creating an idealized enviroment of a star-filled sky devoid of light pollution. The theaters contain hand built replicas of the playground structures found in the landscapes from the "Rocket Science" documentary series.
Constructed of photographic paper, metal, polymer, paint, paper, found elements from nature, and fluorescent bulbs.

These diorama - theaters are presented in a dark room where the only visable light appears from a star-filled sky devoid of light pollution. The theaters contain hand built model replicas of the playground structures found in the landscapes from the "Rocket Science" documentary series.
Constructed of wood, metal, branches, twigs, clay, paper, paint, plastic, and fluorescent bulbs. With many of the finished works I have included the original chacoal sketch.