Project: Cornerstone Montessori School

Scope of Work: Custom 50ft long Water Rill w/Cascading Granite Falls, Layers of Color and Inlayed Fossils, Seamless Amphitheater w/Sierra Stone Caps, Circular Sandboxes, Multi-colored Climbing Wall, Terraced Swirled Landings and Sierra Stone Steps

Description of Project: The 50-foot elevated water rill at the Cornerstone Montessori School in Stratham, N.H., doesn’t just separate the toddlers’ activity area from the older students at the school. As conceived by Terra Firma Landscape Architecture of Portsmouth, N.H., and created by concrete artisans Michael and Meghan Littlefield, the rill is intended to integrate the Montessori teaching philosophy into the landscape of the property. And, of course, it’s art.

Completed in 2007, the fossil-flecked installation is described by Michael Littlefield as a kind of educational tool: “From layers of color, decorative aggregates, and inlaid fossils, to the hand-carved granite transitions and completely unrestrained form, the rill was designed to stimulate and engage students both intellectually and creatively.”

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