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In Paris, Tape Becomes Elaborate, Climbable Architecture

For a new exhibit called Inside at the Palais de Tokyo gallery in Paris, Vienna-based design collective Numen/For Use used nothing but translucent tape and plastic film to build a floating network of tunnels (not totally unlike the ones you crawled through at your local Burger King) that can hold up to five people at a time. Titled "Tape Paris," the installation is the latest iteration of the group's climbable tape sculptures, which have also sprout up in cities like Melbourne, Berlin, and Tokyo over the last five years. In this version, the designers layered more than 140,000 feet of tape, which was then bound by plastic sheeting to form a 164-foot-long web of cocooning passageways.

The futuristic structure, which took a dozen people 10 days to construct, transforms from sculpture to architecture the moment someone enters its supple "biomorphic" skin. The daring folks who venture inside will trek on its terrifyingly translucent, crackling surface while suspended 20 feet above the ground—a spectacle that's partly reminiscent of seeing visitors in Zaha Hadid's pure white Heydar Aliyev Center and partly of imagining ants crawling through fleshy intestines. Have a look.

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