A Tour of Luckey Climbers
High and low, a playful body of work
Children's Museum of Memphis
In many ways, this climber is the opposite of the one in Mexico City. There, Luckey points out, the surfaces curved wildly but the edges of the structure were flat; here, the surfaces are flat but the edges curve. The structure is, to Luckey, very defined, and doesn't have nearly as many climbing options as he'd like. By contrast, he says, his newest creation at the renovated Boston Children's Museum -- which he says is his best one yet -- has all kinds of nooks and crannies and dozens of climbing choices. What he strives for when creating a structure is to "embed the thing with the same neurotic curiosity that you want the viewer to have." Looking ahead, Luckey wants to try working with glass instead of plywood. Whatever he turns to next, however, he won't depart from his motto: Take risks. "If you're safe," he says, "you're not making art."
(Photo Courtesy of Luckey & Luckey)