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Mark Hemphill dreamed up this wild and whimsical water park to reward an adventurous sense of play, promising to convert riders’ exploration of new ways of moving into enchantment and a calming flow. Propelled by their own muscle power, harness-wearing riders follow a track of bent I-beams that undulates, like a 3-D zipline, along twists and turns that prompt riders to sway their bodies to overcome the path’s resistance before they can soar freely through the downhill portions. This swaying motion triggers feelings of being “in the zone,” similar to such sports as skiing, skateboarding and rollerblading.

Project: Wiggle Theory

School: Savannah College of Art and Design, U.S.

Team: Mark Hemphill with Christopher Dowell and Sanaz Karbasi

Wiggle Theory
In this year’s AZ Award submissions, design students in the U.S. and Poland caught the jury's eye with projects that include an inventive baseball field and a concept for a wild water park.

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