gymlacium

this installation by artist Manca Ahlin has transformed the former Carnegie Library steel bookshelves (affectionately known as The Stacks) into a three-story artwork you can interact with and immerse yourself in.

explore gymlacium

Move across a bridge, up ladders, through tubes, over hills and into hammocks as you explore a landscape unlike any other. There are surprises to uncover on each level, through each design feature and from every vantage point in Gymlacium.

Hours:  saturday & sunday, Noon – 5 pm

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rules & guidelines

Gymlacium is a unique space with some uneven surfaces, narrow passages and spaces that can only be accessed by crawling or climbing. The following rules will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all:

  • You must be 52” tall to enter. Smaller visitors can visit the Knot Ramp and Bridge in the Garage — also created by Manca Ahlin!
  • Gymlacium is a shoes-off, socks-on experience —we will have socks available if needed
  • You must empty your pockets and remove all dangling, loose or looped jewelry before entering. This includes cell phones and keys. Belongings can be stored in lockers at the Gymlacium entrance.
  • One family or visiting group of 4–6 people will be admitted at a time
  • No running or rough play

please note

Gymlacium is made from hemp. Visitors with sensitivities to natural fibers may need to take extra precautions or opt not to enter the installation.

Visitors with limited mobility may wish to visit Gymlacium from the ground level. Please request this accommodation when reserving your spot. Please inquire about other accommodations available with advance notice for Gymlacium.

about the artist

Manca Ahlin wove Gymlacium using traditional bobbin lace techniques that she learned as a child in Slovenia.

“When an old space with an industrial cast iron structure, that used to be a library, collides with handmade bobbin lace, that used to be made as a benign little doily, you find a wondrous space that is a three-dimensional fiber labyrinth of numerous pieces, connected into a giant interactive network. From the initial elements (bridge, trees, ladders, hills, waves, hammocks), the structure constantly grew and with time (including a global pandemic lockdown) the pieces expanded organically, connecting into a neural network- like our brains or nature taking over abandoned sites.

Through these connections, every action will cause a reaction somewhere else and hopefully remind you that you are not alone in the world, so whatever you do, it will affect someone or something else.”

—Artist Manca Ahlin