For Jumana Brodersen and the creative team currently engaged in building and fabricating Klump Island at Tivoli Gardens, “don’t sweat the small stuff” is key to delivering a new 1, 530 sq. meter children’s attraction consistent with the unique quality of Tivoli and ready to welcome guests for the 2010 spring season.
“The way Klump Island is taking shape – rapidly, beautifully and fully on target with design goals – demonstrates the effectiveness of the ‘integrated creative management’ or ‘design/build’ approach, ” says Brodersen, who was engaged to master-plan the project in June 2009. “With Tivoli’s top level team of artisan builders and craftspeople – versatile and fully committed to the project – you can allow for individual creativity and problem-solving in the field. This shortens the time between concept and fabrication and gives maximum value for the budget. It’s the 21st century way of doing things.”
The Klump Island project now being realized in Denmark is a themed entertainment collaboration across continents. Brodersen, president of The J Co LLC (St. Louis, USA) and former corporate director of creative development with Busch Entertainment Corp., was brought on in June 2009, after meeting in Copenhagen with Tivoli’s director of design Mikkel Sonne, vice president Finn Sture Madsen and CEO Lars Liebst, as well as creative developer Per Sanderhage of Egmont, which owns the Rasmus Klump character. Returning to the US, Brodersen kicked off creative development with a design team chosen for their expertise in themed play attractions (Elaine Swanger, Sophie Binder and Scott Neale).
Klump Island offers a new immersive play experience for children and their families, themed around the world of Rasmus Klump and his friends. Brodersen’s design ushers in a dramatic sense of arrival. Featuring three adventure zones for three age groups, Brodersen’s design provides a whole new look within Tivoli Gardens, blending Rasmus sculptural styles, textures and colors into the fabric of Tivoli. Complementing the play areas are a Rasmus-themed ride, and a restaurant specializing in pancakes, Rasmus’s comfort food of choice.
A concept that embodies both brand and story
“Integrating the Rasmus Klump attraction into Tivoli Gardens amusement park was a similar challenge to what we did in designing the Sesame play areas for theme parks SeaWorld San Diego and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, ” says Brodersen. “What’s needed is a concept that embodies the brand and the story, is responsive to the needs of the park, the interests of the guests and will give long term value to the property. If you have these elements, if you understand what you are designing for and are grounded in the master plan, then you can allow flexibility for addressing some things in the course of building the project. In the case of Tivoli, the team members have a strong sense of regional pride – they see it as ‘our Tivoli, ’ they have a personal stake. Integrated creative management is all about having a good team and giving people room to surprise you in how they take the project to the next level, within the framework of the concept.”
Tivoli CEO Lars Liebst says, “In 2009 we opened the year’s wildest ride – Vertigo – for the daredevils. In 2010 the focus will be on children with a play world, the size and quality of which have never been seen before in Denmark, with free entry for our visitors. We believe that Petzi [Rasmus Klump] and Tivoli fit together well: both brands are internationally recognized, and both have entertained Danish children for many generations.”
Michael Benzon, Egmont international licensing manager, says, “Petzi and his world will now be brought to life on a scale never before experienced by a Danish cartoon character. For this to happen in Tivoli is ideal, for Petzi represents joy, friendship and a lust for adventure. Tivoli is the ideal forum for Petzi to welcome the children of all countries into his world.”
“We were impressed by how quickly Jumana entered the Rasmus universe and understood the character’s nature – not an easy task, but she made it look easy, ” says Tivoli director of design Mikkel Sonne. “Incorporating a branded character was something we’d never done before at Tivoli. It needed a delicate balance to have the playground make an impact yet fit in naturally, and we turned to Jumana’s particular expertise. Klump Island is the right thing for the coming season at Tivoli, and everyone is very excited about it. Jumana managed to get the balance just right.”
About Jumana Brodersen and The J Co
Jumana Brodersen is president of The J Co LLC, a design consulting firm that specializes in planning and design of venues that entertain and immerse guests – including theme parks, zoos and aquariums, visitor centers, national parks and museums. With an architectural background, she specializes in balancing vision and logistics. From 1998-2008 Brodersen was with Busch Entertainment Corp. where, as corporate director of Creative Development, she managed the capital planning process in a hands-on approach for multiple Busch Adventure Parks projects. She formed The J Co in 2008, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri USA. She is a member of the Themed Entertainment Association, IAAPA and AZA. Visit www.thejco.com.
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About Rasmus Klump, aka Petzi
Rasmus Klump comic strips were first created by Carla Hansen and illustrated by her husband Vilhelm. In 1952 the first real Klump album was published. Since then more than 80 different books have been published around this character. The comics are published in more than 20 countries, with over 20 million copies sold. In addition there are coloring books, PC games etc. In some parts of the world, Rasmus Klump is known as “Petzi.”The property is licensed by Egmont Film, part of Egmont International Holding A/S, www.egmont.com.
About Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli is Denmark’s most visited attraction and the third most visited amusement park in Europe. Tivoli was inspired by the so called romantic pleasure gardens of Europe, which were landscaped according to the English tradition of forming naturalistic ornaments. Tivoli’s founder, Georg Carstensen (1812-57) had seen pleasure gardens on his journeys through Europe, and in 1841 he applied to King Christian VIII for permission to establish and run Tivoli. Visit www.tivoli.dk.
Image: Klump Island map
Klump Island at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, opening Spring 2010, offers a new immersive play experience for children and their families, themed around the world of Rasmus Klump (aka Petzi) and his friends. Photo: Tivoli.