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Here’s a fun-, if a bit precarious-looking structure for kids. Designed by the recently deceased Thomas Walker Luckey, an artist, sculptor and architect renowned for his one-of-a-kind climbing sculptures, this particular 35-foot “Luckey Climber” is found in Columbus, Indiana at the Columbus Commons. The indoor playground was completed in 2011 and judging from the reviews on Trip Advisor is (not surprisingly) a big hit with kids. The floating C’s alone had me sold instantly.
Tom Luckey was the closest thing to a genius I’ve ever known, and now his son is carrying on the creation of the Climbers. The photos on their website are magic, and the kids have a ball! They’re safe, too. As curators at the Museum of Modern Art have pointed out, Luckey has provided a way to push back against the trend toward supersafety in playgrounds, and in the bargain, create useable art..