Thanks guys and gals!
I don't want to ruin the end resulting surprise but if you consider a 150' x 150' umbrella (again it is not going to be an umbrella, but the shape establishes a working shape without giving away my design) structure...I have been open to changes as I am gathering more data, which was the plan...inside there will be a graduated ramp that will slowly rise until various platforms are reached with view ports or balconies, finally reaching the top with a covered gazebo.
Within the same structure, beneath the ramps will be supports and empty space.
Within the same structure, within the center of the umbrella with the ramp spiraling around is another void.
These voids are what I am considering.
Think of it as a camp tent within a ring installation with another tent over the whole thing.
The camp would be sealed within reason, I suspect we would have several personnel within the actual camp 24/7. Night owls sleeping the day away so better to party and creep about. Diurnal types about taking care of the daily processes.
I have several designs on the table at the moment depending on what I am allowed to work with.
But at this point I am planning a couple long slides to get down quickly.
As far as the ADA considerations...I would need a bit of insurance with a simple medical and wavier of intent...the slider will know best if they are capable of sliding...but I suspect a tandem slide or a sled with soft out riggers could be provided?
I am 100% willing to consider this aspect...but it needs serious developed design, and that takes time.
But I like where it is going.
Thanks again all!
Camp charter...here is where things get interesting...I suspect with the size considerations and usage issues I would be looking at 10, 15, or 20 personnel staying within the camp proper. I can get 15 reliable people together with limited notice. But at this point I would be looking to limit the night time viewing of the installation to allow for some down time...perhaps midnight will be the cut off? An 8am or 9am opening time?
But the idea of gifting is still alien to me...I understand the basis but the actual function and logistics is escaping me. I am interested in this event to create the art piece, not to party per say...certainly not to set up a bar and get strangers hammered...and most assuredly not to feed the vast unwashed masses
That is my current badge of hesitation that I am wearing...certainly providing a huge interactive art installation will be enough? Is it expected to also provide water, food, alcohol, music, toilets, showers, etc. for everyone?
Please do not think me uncharitable, quite the opposite. But I am a bit guarded with my living space, my family, and my friends. In a toxic desert where there is absolutely nothing, you are expected to bring everything you will want or need for personal use.
The story of the burn roach that snatched another's water bottle because they were thirsty...hmmm I suspect I may get in trouble. If this happened, I would most likely hurt this person...I do not want to...that is not who I want to be, but stealing a resource because you are a worthless cockroach just baffles me.
"you do not have the right attitude"
That is what I am expecting to hear. And if this is true...if I have the wrong attitude then please please tell me now before I commit to this project.
If I were displaying at a fine art festival and someone walked up and snatched a water bottle from my or my wife's hand...at the very least they would be escorted out and banned form the event, but more than likely they would be detained by the local police.
If I were at a camp ground and the same thing happened, some random roach walks up and snatches water or food...I would most likely give him a free lesson in applied judo and what the dirt tastes like...then escort the individual away or to an official.
If I am strung to tight for this event I need to know. I don't want to go through all this and then need to be surrounded by a ring of friends or be a hermit to avoid the potential grief.
Again, this whole begging thing would really make me angry.
I may end up setting up a simple oven and bake bread (I am a certified chef, caterer, and have my food manager's certificate...I can get a Nevada stamp without issue) and gift this bread...water, flour, soda, salt, sugar, spices, herbs, etc...I can make bread for pennies...but how to disperse it?
I have been involved with hurricane and flood response as a first responder and we ended up dealing with all kinds of people...most were just beaten and worn thin...but others became bullies and would assault others for their food...as I was an agent with the government at the time I was able to deal with these guys in a manner that was appropriate, but in a desert temporary city with all kinds of people and no authority...how do you deal with the aggressive, abusive, and inappropriate people? Do these Rangers handle these issues?
I am picturing a burn roach pushing through the line and snatching an armload of fresh bread and throwing it on the ground...then stomping around claiming it is a performance piece.
Begging, roaches, and other agents of chaos (that is not the compliment that some would assume it to be)...could surely ruin my fun.
Have you all found that this is a one in a million sort of situation or is it common place and considered a fun unexpected act?
I suspect I would be the subject of one of those stories that people would tell for sometime...making him eat every single dirt stained piece of bread...as the second act of the performance piece.
But I don't want the stress.
Sigh...sorry to rant...there is much to consider.
Thanks in advance.