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Escape to a play land made of tape | Popular exhibit returns to St. Louis

TapeScape is an indoor climbing, sliding, rolling landscape made of packing tape at the Central Library.

ST. LOUIS — A new use for tape has taken shape on the third floor of the Central Library in downtown St. Louis.

“It’s basically a structure that’s made of packing tape.”

This indoor playground of sorts called ‘TapeScape’ is popular among the kids. It’s an indoor climbing, sliding, rolling landscape made of miles of packing tape.

TapeScape was the idea of Minnesota-based artist Eric Lennartson, who took the stuff used to seal packages and thought outside the box. Now, his TapeScapes are built all over the world, taking different forms everywhere it goes.

Some visitors thought it was going to be too sticky, and they wouldn’t be able to move. However, this tape art isn’t the least bit sticky. It’s surprisingly strong.

There are two rules at TapeScape: you can’t wear shoes and must wear socks, and kids and adults can come play – the young and the young at heart.

Dozens of volunteers spent four days putting the structure together. It took a few metal poles and more than 39,000 ft. of packing tape – that’s 7.5 miles worth.

Like all art, there is more than meets the eye.

TapeScape opened on February 3, 2020 and will remain open until May 30, 2020. For hours and additional information, visit SLPL.org

Curious George: Let's Get Curious! is open now through April 19, 2020. For more information, visit magichouse.org.

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