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Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures
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Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

Irvine Spectrum’s Luckey Climber, part of the outdoor shopping center’s $200 million expansion last year, is 18 feet tall and 49 feet wide. Architect Spencer Luckey wanted to make a playground structure that made kids feel like they are “underwater in a weird futuristic cartoon forest.” (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Photo by Scott Hargis Photography)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

There are 75 bright yellow and green platforms for kids to climb, and the jungle gym is designed so that there’s no drop that’s more than 18 to 24 inches. “If kids can’t really stand up, then they can’t really fall down,” explains architect Spencer Luckey. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Photo by Scott Hargis Photography)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

Thomas Luckey’s 1984 indoor playground at the Boston Children’s Museum kickstarted his company, Luckey Climbers. Decades later, in 2007, Luckey worked with his son Spencer for the first time and together they created a new climber (pictured here). (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

The climber at the W5 interactive science centre in Belfast, Ireland is inspired by a Celtic dragon, and the idea is that kids can climb the span of its arched wings. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

The climber in the Gyeonggi Children’s Museum in South Korea, at 54 feet, is the tallest Luckey Climber so far. The curves of the vertical poles are inspired by bendy straws. 

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

The climber in the Gyeonggi Children’s Museum in South Korea, at 54 feet, is the tallest Luckey Climber so far. The curves of the vertical poles are inspired by bendy straws. 

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

The Infinity Climber at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. is inspired by the sutra curve, the shape of the stitches on a baseball. It doesn’t touch the floor, so in order to climb it, children have to enter into the play structure by stepping off the edge of the second story balcony. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures
The climber at Kid City in the Greenwood Community Center in Indiana goes through a staircase that kids can climb up, around and over. It’s one of four climbers in Indiana. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC) (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

The Luckey Climber at the Trapiche Museum Interactivo in Los Mochis, Mexico is inspired by the billowing cup form of the Medusa jellyfish. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

The climber at the Ikea MEGA Teply Stan shopping center in Moscow pulls inspiration from the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, Sputnik, the atom symbol, orbiting planets and space aliens. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
Luckey Climbers are the ‘arena rock’ stars of children’s play structures

There is a Luckey Climber inside Beijing’s China National Children’s Center, which used to be the former home of Mao Zedong’s fourth wife. The steel coils are inspired by yin and yang and calligraphy, and the platforms are hand-stained to resemble fireworks. (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)

 (Courtesy of Luckey LLC)
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