Every time someone posts about Chihuly installations, I say I will have to dig up pictures of mine and then I forget about it. Well, not today!
The first time I saw Chihuly’s work was in some coastal walk-in-off-the-street art gallery in the early 90’s.
I later bought a vase one would say was heavily-influenced by my memory of those Chihulys. Mine was a miniature knock-off lookin thang, from Target or Waccamaw or somethin. I used it to hold my cooking utensils in my first apartment. I do not know what happened to it. The vase I bought was not the point. The point was, before I knew who Chihuly was, he left a big impression on me. All those vivid colors.
So, like twenty years later, I see all this Chihuly stuff at The Children’s Museum and my MIL and I were all, “Oh wow!” and “Ooh!” snapping pictures and no one else cared…
and then we went to this room where the children could play with the plastic lookalikes, make their own sculptures, and well, here:
Isn’t that nifty?
Here’s a photo from the museum’s site.
It would be another three years before I watched a documentary and made the connection.
I have pictures of the fellas all standin around bored to tears, but I thought I’d share some more fun ones.
This is all 2009, when I was using an actual camera, not a phone. The wee ones were four and six because it was between their birthdays, and the big uns were teens. We’d come home for Thanksgiving and we’d gone to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, because it is one of the best places on earth and because it is the largest children’s museum in the world.
Here’s Moo in The Mister’s arms, scared of the sounds of the dinosaur display.
Here’s a photo of Sassy, who just last month said to me, “Mama, you know how they have those diggers at the children’s museum? Those are so much fun. They should have those for big kids.”
“It’s called heavy construction equipment. You get the right license and you can play digger all day and night.”
Also, it’s important to note that certain activities at the museum are off limits to kids over the age of _, depending.
Here’s Moo, happily fishing.
I won’t show you the photo of Sassy pouting that she was two months too old to fish.
Now it’s Kylo Ren. Lawd.
This is one of my faves, because in my head I have many photos of them doing the same stuff when they were small.
These photos don’t even begin to show you the enormity or the amazement that is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
I think we’re due for another trip don’t you?
Oh the photos I will take and subject you to…It’s all digital now, you know.