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The Genius Loci

Genius Loci: The distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place.

In the massive block of medical buildings immediately to the west of the super-block(pioneer, frontier, territorial, centennial) there is a rather unique site. Nestled in among the cold hard buildings is a small children's playground. It is not the best place for a playground; it's site places it in a position where it only gets 3-4 hours of full sunlight a day, the area it resides in generally feels like a wind tunnel, and it towered over by enormous dark buildings.

While it has very little going for it in many respects, it was genuinely well-intended. It can be a bright spot in the lives of the children who come to the hospital to visit an ailing family member. It can act as a diversion to break them away from all of the pain and suffering they witness in the hospital. Since it can help the children mentally cope with their situation, it is sad that it is located in a dark windy area.


There are also statues of Charlie Brown and Lucy, childhood symbols, nearby. It is easy to see that they were intended to be used for photographic purposes. They lend the playground yet another feeling of happiness that is lost to most children when they come to the hospital.