Monkey King


Exhibit Interactive
Children's Museum of Manhattan

According to an ancient Chinese legend, the Jade Emperor asked the Monkey King to guard his imperial peaches, which had powers of immortality. However, the wiley Monkey King soon stole the peaches, that is, until the Emperor caught him.
Moey was tasked with designing an installation that brings the Monkey King legend to life and encourages play. To accomplish this, Moey designed a wall, painted to look like a peach tree, which contains eight glowing hemispherical peaches. When children touch the peaches, musical phrases are emitted. But when too many peaches are touched, the Emperor mechanically appears from inside the tree, and in a booming voice, scolds the peach pickers. The game begins anew when the Emperor leaves.

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