Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Through May 22
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Take off those shoes and get ready to make your way through 10 miles of packing tape!

Photo by Renee Rosensteel
Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Equal parts creative play exhibition and giant art installation, TapeScape 2.0 is calling all young explorers to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to crawl, twist and traverse through a mammoth maze unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Forget playgrounds made of wood, metal and plastic—this super-structure is constructed entirely from the simple everyday material of packing tape.

Designed by artist Eric Lennartson, TapeScape 2.0 boasts 10-plus miles of packing tape that is stretched over steel frames creating twisting tunnels, curving walls and engaging environments. The result is a full-body, multi sensory experience where children and kids of all ages can navigate, walk, crawl, touch and explore.

Photo by Renee Rosensteel
Photo by Renee Rosensteel

As they make their way through the immersive sculptural environments, children will also experience the wonder and creative potential of unexpected materials and forms, strengthen growing muscles and enjoy creative play with others.

Inspired by installations created by the Slovenian architecture and industrial design firm, Numen For Use, the unique shapes and forms used in TapeScape are also inspired by those found in nature and built environments, such as spider webs, caves, bridges and buildings.

Originally developed by Lennartson for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, the innovative installation takes its name from a combination of the words “packing tape” and “landscape.”

On view through May 22nd, TapeScape 2.0 is open daily at the Northside museum from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Remember to remove those shoes and keep your socks on when inside TapeScape 2.0 (no bare feet permitted).

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.