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.
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.