Climb into
an artist’s
imagination

 

 

Toshi’s Nets Gallery

What on earth is it? Good question. Part trampoline, part playground, part Alice-in-Wonderland-style adventure, it’s a giant string-woven creation filled with colourful holes and magical shapes. It took almost a year to make, weighs a whopping 800 kg and can hold 29 baby elephants! With less than ten in the world, make sure you experience the one and only in the Middle East.

It encourages children’s natural sense of curiosity, as they climb and explore, developing both gross and fine motor skills. The nature of the space also nurtures creativity and imagination, while enabling them to safely take risks and enhance social skills through helping each other and taking turns. Please note that height restrictions apply in the Toshi’s Nets (children must be between 90-150 centimeters tall). Children taller than 150 centimeters may be allowed into the nets at the discretion of the OliOli team.

“Our structures
encourage children to
challenge themselves but
with many routes and
options.”

Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam

Who’s Toshi?

Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam is a Japanese textile artist – and she made the whole thing by hand (no wonder it took a whole year!). “The crochet forms resemble a mother’s womb,” she explains. “The soft, elastic surface is familiar to the child. The net membrane is sensitive to the child’s slightest movement capturing their energy and transmitting it back to them. The wave-like motion of the net connects them with other children and they stay together.”

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