Santa Maria and the Easter Islands

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Marco Polo’s old ship has run aground the Easter Islands, and she now lies half buried in sand far from civilisation. Two of the cannons are still intact, but the mast lies broken across the railing.

There are no horizontal surfaces on the Santa Maria where you can get bored. Everything is inclined, and all surfaces are intended for climbing.

The hull side of the ship is fitted with climbing grips and hawsers to be used for entering the ship.

There is access to the cargo hold through a large tear in the hull side of the ship and from the lower deck. From the port side, the ship is connected to the Moai heads by means of rope, nets and a rolling tree trunk. In this way, it is possible to come all the way round without touching the ground – if you are good.

There is a steep double slide on the back of the big head. At the other end of the playground, right next to the sandbox, you find a treasure box with a slide for the youngest children.


MONSTRUM built the playground on Århus Plads square at Østerbro in Copenhagen for the City of Copenhagen in 2005.

The playground consists of two Moai heads and a large ship connected by rope ladders, rolling tree trunks and arm travelling bridges.

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