Sunday, June 4, 2017

The People's Putt-Putt -- An Introduction

About a year ago, I came up with the idea of designing a free, portable miniature golf course.  The course could be played indoors during the winter and moved out-of-doors during the summer.  It would be free for anyone to play it.  It would be based at the art studio and gallery located at 100 River Street, North Adams MA.

The designs for each of the holes are based on landmarks and/or history related to North Adams.  I used the notion of a February Fun-A-Day to kick-start the design process.  (The idea behind Fun-A-Day is to do some work on a creative project every day during the short month of February.)  I kept a notebook with me all month during February 2017, and worked pretty diligently on The People's Putt-Putt.  I'll include more details about the various holes in other posts, but below is an overview of what I have accomplished during the month.

  • I made a list of what I hoped to accomplish.
  • I reviewed a file of information and did research on the internet about miniature golf courses, art golf courses, and North Adams history to get ideas for the holes.
  • I came up with a list of possible materials to use in building the holes.
  • I made a list of possible North Adams locations to use as inspiration for the holes, and made sketches and/or notes providing additional information.
  • Using an indoor space of 500 square feet, I figured out how big I could make the holes and still fit nine of them inside that space.
Following the end of February, I've continued to work on the project.  I've made schematic drawings of five holes so far (as of early June 2017), and posted them on a Facebook page called "The People's Putt-Putt" -- check it out!  I plan to continue posting both here on the blog and on that Facebook page.

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