I visited one of the Warming Hut muses today: the living roof atop the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.
It is a wonderland.
Those are whale bones drying in the sun, and views of San Francisco neighborhoods to the south.
The biggest revelation was what to do with the Warming Hut roof, in my ambiguous quest to add visual interest.
Criss-crossing the Cal Academy roof’s seven hills is a grid work of stones contained in wire mesh, like ley lines, to facilitate drainage.
They create a subtle framework, and could translate to 1:12 scale splendidly. I am so happy to have my answer!
Meanwhile, I’ve been building out the terrain under the the hut.
In addition to the air-dry clay boulders, tiny driftwood logs and beach gravel, I’m adding some scrumbly old brick foundations. They’ll be only mildly visible, but will add some mystery + history :)
And, it ties the Warming Hut to the Sea House Pavilion, which was staged against some brick ruins.
I’ve learned to do mortar a little better since then :)
Here’s the wee brick skunk works:
And one final work-in-progress mood shot:
Because I love the combination of gnarly real and simulacrum.