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IONiX: The Art & Science of Play

  • Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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Experience the art and science of play with IONiX by GameTime

The exploration of art provides children opportunities to discover creativity, self-expression, emotions and innovation. Simply being able to appreciate the visual aesthetics around them is important to spark a child’s imagination.

GameTime, the leading manufacturer of commercial playground and outdoor fitness equipment, is offering art through a child’s eyes with the introduction of IONiX. With bold, modern styling and play features exclusive to GameTime, kids, parents and grandparents alike are praising the IONiX commercial playground line as a beautiful community art installation!

A team of GameTime designers and engineers leveraged nearly a century of play research to create this outdoor modern work of art, which provides an exciting, ground-level accesible play system to promote active and imaginative play. The sweeping lines and organic shapes create a bold and elegant centerpiece within a park. It’s also a visual representation of the science of life; with shapes and patterns representing the design elements found in DNA.  

The hallmark of the IONiX design is the Helix Tower with ShadowPlay panels (pictured below). This interactive climbing system features multiple routes of travel as children climb up, down, in and around the structure. Nearly 21 feet above the ground is the vibrant, translucent ShadowPlay Canopy that captures sunlight and bathes the play area with the seven colours of the rainbow.


“The colourful shadows from the panel really help promote sensory integration for kids of all abilities and set it apart from ordinary playgrounds,” said Play! Sales Associate Victoria Plett. “Because of its unique artistic element, the IONiX playspace becomes a local landmark for everyone in the community to enjoy.”


Each of the three IONiX play sculptures highlighted below promote looping play patterns to encourage longer playtime, improved decision-making skills and enhance cognitive development.

Excursion: Child capacity: 35-40/ Recommended ages: 5- 12
This 11-foot tall modern work of art combines climbing, balancing and sliding activities, as well as a vertical rock climber. The Helix Tower with the translucent panel is featured in the center of the play sculpture. See video below!

Spectrum: Child capacity: 30-35/ Recommended ages: 5- 12

Spectrum harnesses the power of the sun with the signature Helix Tower. Surrounding the Helix Tower are Rock Wall Climbers, dual Vessel Climbers and a Jungle Vine Link that enhances balancing and climbing skills. See video below!

Transit: Child capacity: 25-30/ Recommended ages: 5- 12
A modern take on the traditional play system, Transit is designed to keep children moving around the playground. The two sides of the Splitter Climber diverge at one end so users can return to the play surface or continue their play expedition. See video below!

To learn more about IONiX and discuss how your community can create a public art installation that promotes active, outdoor play, contact a Play! Sales Associate HERE. Download the IONiX brochure HERE

About GameTime: GameTime, a PlayCore company, has been a pioneer in the commercial playground and outdoor fitness industry since 1929 with a commitment to enriching childhood and communities through play. GameTime combines the vast wealth of research and intellectual resources of their parent company PlayCore with an unmatched distribution network to lead the industry with innovative products, programs and play environments that inspire imaginations and promote health and wellness for future generations.




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Leah is putting pen to paper in her role as Marketing Communications Manager for both Crozier’s Landmark and Play! divisions. Her main responsibilities include leading marketing and communication efforts through strategic articles, website content and by enhancing engagement on various social media platforms. read more