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The Climber Keeps Climbing!

After 3 years of design, and brand new technology developed just for its creation, the 45 foot tall climber, Altitude is being installed! This unique interactive exhibit was inspired by the mountain features and endless adventure found in Colorado and was built right here in Denver! Local fabricators Juno Works partnered with the Children Museum’s Director of Exhibits, Jonathan Goldstein, for this one-of-a-kind piece.

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The climber’s shape is both functional and fun, devised around the network of the existing building structure paired with the simulated experience of a winding mountain trail. Guests ascend 29” per platform level, reaching the climber’s peak at 3 ½ stories! 

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The steel frame, wood panels and stainless steel netting aren’t just an industrial endeavor, but an artistic one. “Every piece of the climber is similar but slightly different. Like leaves on a tree,” Jonathan Goldstein said. These pieces were carefully fabricated using a custom computer program that cut each one with plasma, both ensuring their mutual fit and greatly reducing labor costs.

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Through creative insight and computer led production, the climber will make its colossal debut November 20. Join us for an adventure 3 years in the making!

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From Paper to Playscape

Even the greatest ideas come from small beginnings. Interactive exhibits “Water” and “Energy” are set to become reality late 2015, but did you ever wonder what they looked like as rough drafts?

Director of Exhibits Jonathan Goldstein and his team of designers have been working for over 3 years to create the wonderful expansion exhibits that are set to debut this fall. Explore the gallery below to view their preliminary sketches and catch a glimpse of how these awesome playscapes were first envisioned!