by Liz White, editor
Polyurea was an essential component in the successful development of a new fantasy-based water-feature called Wakobato at German theme park Phantasialand – site of the PDAEurope’s 2009 conference. Delegates to the event heard a presentation about this novel development, and also had the chance to experience Wakobato’s weird architecture and somewhat grotesque characters for themselves.
“The versatility of polyurea helped us build the attraction in a time and cost-effective way,” commented Karl Gerniers of design group the Three Dee Factory, who designed the feature.
Visitors sail through Wakobato on a boat with a water gun and are invited to hit as many of the Stonehenge-based constructions which make up the attraction as possible, said Gerniers.
The Wakobato attraction, built in 2008 and put in service in spring 2009, is sited on a lake and consists of a number of floating tombstones and frog-guardians around ‘Stonehenge Island’
Gerniers described the complexity and size of the elements of Wakobato, made possible, he said, by the combination of EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam for the sculpting and polyurea as protective membrane.
Parts are finished with colour-stable decorative finishes.
Discussing the project, Gerniers said, “Polyurea is a new material for me. But I am a believer now!” Polyurea offers architects, designers, artists the advantage of a fast process, from design to sculpting, with freedom of…