MONSTRUM AT WORLD EXPO

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EXPO 2020, Dubai, UAE - 2021

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EXPO 2020

 

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At MONSTRUM, we were commissioned to create three unique, artistic playgrounds for EXPO 2020 (held in 2021). We designed and built three thematic playgrounds - The Adventurous Octopus, The Humpback Whale and Future City. The playgrounds are both iconic in their design and motorically challenging for children, whilst having a strong focus on inclusivity. They awake and stimulate every child's imagination and inspire them to get moving and explore.

Along with the three playgrounds, we have contributed to Denmark's representation at EXPO with a Viking ship that is located outside the Pavilion of Denmark.

For over 170 years, Expo, also known as World's Fair, has provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today and we are proud to be represented there.

 

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Children playing at whale playground, MONSTRUM EXPO 2020

CLIMB THE HUMPBACK WHALE

The whale playground is based on the narrative of Expo's mascot 9-year-old Rashid telling the story of his love for nature and the environment. The giant breaching whale is an impressive sight and a thrilling challenge for older children to climb inside and take one of the big slides down. The climbing route to access the big slides is a real test of children's agility, problem-solving abilities and encourages them to challenge themselves and assess risk. Alongside the beautiful whale, you'll find a few paper boats floating around and an obstacle course of wooden trunks and stumps to climb and balance on.

The breaching whale playground EXPO 2020

Dive on in and swim with the giant whale - just watch out for the blowhole!

Inside details of the whale playground at expo 2020, MONSTRUM

The insides of the whale are incredibly detailed and fun to explore! You can even make music by playing on the whale's rib bones!

Whale playground at expo 2020, MONSTRUM

The playground is characteristic and inviting.

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Rashid book at playground, MONSTRUM EXPO 2020

The Whale playground was based on the story of Rashid, one of the mascots of EXPO 2020.

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inside of whale playground, climbing route, MONSTRUM EXPO 202

The whale provides challenging climbing routes and encourages children to test their limits and assess risks.

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Sketch of the Humpback Whale playground.

"Expo is a gathering of the best the world has to offer today. We are proud to be here."

OLE BARSLUND NIELSEN
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MONSTRUM

Future city playground at EXPO 2020

EXPLORE FUTURE CITY

Welcome to the city of the future! This playground design is built up around the story of Rashid's 8-year-old sister - the inquisitive, science-loving Latifa. There is a wealth of fascinating structures to explore - such as an almost 10-meter-tall futuristic radio tower, a space shuttle ready for take-off, a Mars probe, space scooters, a planet and much more. Leap into orbit and go on a journey of discovery and learning through play at this fantastic playground.

Future city playground EXPO 2020

Future City is an educational and fun area to explore.

Future city playground EXPO 2020

The Future City comprises many fun elements such as a space shuttle and huge radio tower.

Future city playground details paintings EXPO 2020

There are interesting paintings hidden on the inside of many of the play elements adding an extra layer to the learning experience.

Future city playground, Expo 2020 MONSTRUM

Climb up and investigate the planet.

"To be a supplier rather than an exhibitor at Expo is a huge recognition of our work and approach to the play experience."

OLE BARSLUND NIELSEN
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MONSTRUM

Octopus playground, EXPO 2020 MONSTRUM

MEET THE ADVENTUROUS OCTOPUS

The huge octopus is located outside The Sustainability Pavilion and is an awe-inspiring sight encouraging people to take a closer look at this incredible, resilient creature. Species resilience is very valuable for any natural resource to maintain its population at sustainable levels.

Come and explore inside - you'll discover multiple ways to access the structure and a series of challenging climbing routes up to the top of the huge 6.2 meter-tall beast. Surrounding the octopus is a maze comprising clouds of ink and some sharks swimming in the water.

Octopus playground, Sustainability pavilion, Expo 2020

The tentacles reaching into the water around are super fun and house several fun slides.

Inside details of Octopus playground, MONSTRUM Expo 2020

Exploring the insides of the octopus is fascinating - climb up one of its many tentacles for a closer look!

Octopus playground in workshop, MONSTRUM playgrounds EXPO 2020

The octopus during production in our workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Boy playing in octopus playground, MONSTRUM Expo 2020

MONSTRUM AT THE PAVILION OF DENMARK

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Viking ship at Pavilion of Denmark at EXPO 2020
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Pavilion of Denmark at EXPO 2020

We are proud to be represented at the Pavilion of Denmark with a characteristic Viking ship play sculpture.

On the side of the ship, we've mounted a screen showcasing our work.

 

Image of the pavilion by denmarkintheuae on Instagram.

PLAYGROUND PRODUCTION

whale construction
future city construction
octopus production
MONSTRUM WORKSHOP, COPENHAGEN