The ultimate goal of this project was to celebrate the young minds of children, for nurturing their development is nurturing the minds of future citizens. The creative adventure begins on arrival, prior to entering the building — the exterior environment challenges, excites, and sparks creativity in young minds by creating unique outdoor spaces through designed landscape elements. LandDesign coordinated the integration of public art with artist Larry Kirkland, whose work was a tribute to former Charlotte Observer publisher, Rolfe Neil, who was a stalwart patron of the arts. The sculptures of scattered keys from a typewriter, pencil-shaped benches, stacked books, and strewn stamps function as an outdoor classroom, play space, or even an area for reflection. The landscape surrounding the innovative museum sets a playful tone that fosters a whimsical mood for ImaginOn and echoes the architect’s design intent for the building.