TapeScape is a massive sculpture and indoor landscape, inspired by installations by European design firm For Use/Numen, made completely out of packing tape. The landscape is an indoor play area for children not just to explore and play, but also to spark a sense of wonder and thought about the unusual and unexpected use of materials and forms.
The shapes and forms of the exhibit exist in nature, in spider webs or caves and also in the built environment in bridges and buildings. This exhibit uses a material many would not think can build with, but many tensile structures like the roof of the Denver Airport have been constructed all over the world. For all the STEM principles expressed
in this exhibit, it is the improvisational design and composition that are most inviting to the exhibit. Changes to the exhibit are planned to encourage children to explore the exhibit thoroughly each time they visit the Play Lab.
Tape was graciously donated by 3M Company- many miles of tape have been used to date to create the exhibit. A local Mankato company, Jones Metal donated the metal frame. Thank you 3M Company and Jones Metal for helping create this exhibit and support the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
KEYC TV- Mankato, MN
February 19, 2011
Who knew that tape could provide endless amounts of fun? The team at Mankato's Children Museum sure did.
Today the Tape Scape opened to all ages.It took over two hundred hours to complete the exhibit and about ten miles worth of tape.
Creator of the Tape Scape Eric Lennartson says it's fun to see his artwork become an environment for play and learning.
Eric lennartson says of the Children's
Museum Says, "I think most people didn't realize how slippery it would
be, it's like one giant slide, and it makes a great crinkling noise as
you're walking around."
Tyler Marshall says, "Oh it was pretty
awesome. It was pretty fun because I kept walking around and I kept
slipping, that was the most fun part about it."
The Tape Scape will be open tomorrow during
the President Day Holiday and the Children Museum invites parents and
adults to come and take a walk through.
It will remain open until May 14th during regular hours.