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If Only This Octopus Playground Existed When We Were Kids

The octopus's garden might be old news, but one Dutch artist has taken The Beatles' concept to the next level: the octopus playground.


The octopus's garden might be old news, but one Dutch artist has taken The Beatles' concept to the next level: the octopus playground.

 

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Called "Kraken," this enormous, friendly cephalopod is stationed in Shenzhen, China, in a space that was once home to "a former Soviet aircraft carrier-turned theme park," according to Design Boom.

 

The Kraken's dome-like head holds an enclosed playground, where light filters through the open weave of the octo's red skin.

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Children and their parents enter the playscape through the ends of the tentacles, which are capped with round doors that make hobbits' homes look entirely ordinary.

 

Inside the tentacles, both stairs and rope ladders lead visitors into the main space on top, where woven ropes, columns and floors give a soft, kid-friendly tactile experience.

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Florentijn Hofman, who dreamed up the octopus playground, is the artist behind those famous, oversized rubber ducks that have shown up in waterways everywhere from Los Angeles to Seoul.

 

His other giant animal sculptures include a floating wooden hippo named "HippopoThames" and a lazy-looking, land-based bunny called "Moon Rabbit."

The artist's website also shows off inflatable dachshunds, a tree-frog perched on a high-rise, slugs larger than our apartments and a colorful but unrecognizable animal made from flip flops.

 

What sea creature do you hope he makes next?

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