Parque do Circo, Gonzalo Caraballo and Lua Tatit, Pedro Terra LAB, Brazil
Parque do Circo (Circus Playground), created by Gonzalo Caraballo and Lua Tatit, is an itinerant space that encourages circus-inspired activities. To that end, custom-made toys and games have been designed in partnership with the Pedro Terra LAB woodwork design firm.
Parque do Circo was launched in January 2013, and in its first season it has welcomed an average of two thousand visitors per day.
The toys and games are all made from Valchromat on a CNC router. According to Pedro Terra, manager of Pedro Terra LAB, “we expected the toys to be used very intensively, so a hard-wearing material was essential”.
Valchromat was the number one choice for the project for three main reasons. Firstly, the density of Valchromat “provides a better finish on items with irregular surfaces”. Secondly, the material is the same colour right through, “which means it looks good for longer and reduces the need for maintenance” and, Pedro Terra explains, “when toys are used so intensively by children, they are bound to be bumped and scratched, and if they had been painted in the usual way, they would not look the same by now”. And finally the product’s ecological features “mean that it is safe for children to handle”.
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