PARKERSBURG — Discovery World on Market announced the arrival of the Factory Climber on Monday, the signature exhibit on the first floor of the Ball Factory.
The icon of this gallery is a two-story, factory-themed structure with layers of interior climbing platforms and a spiral slide. The experience creates a space for visitors of all ages to encounter physical and mental challenges, take risks and build gross motor skills, said a press release from Discovery World on Market.
Visitors will enter from two entry points at the base of the climber by the slide. Staggered, interior climbing platforms create a vertical maze for visitors to explore. Once at the top, visitors can climb back down or zoom down a spiral slide to exit. The scenic cladding allows visitors to wave to family and friends, or simply peer down at the bustling floor below.
“Visitors will work together to help fill the ball hopper on top of the Factory Climber,” said Wendy Shriver, executive director of Discovery World on Market. “Once the quota is met of balls in the hopper, an alarm will sound and then drop all the balls down onto the floor for the kids to play with again.”
Installers are from Roto, the museum’s exhibit design company from Dublin, Ohio, are onsite this week working on setting the Factory Climber structure. From there, the museum’s general contractor, Phoenix Construction, will finish the floor on of the first floor while continuing rehab transformation of the historic building, said the press release.
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