Thursday, August 20, 2009

Trip Detritus

There were other cool things to see and do on our NJ=PA=WV=OH=IN trip. Notably the beautifully elegant (and Brancusi-ish; thank you Dr. Martin Rayala for that apt description) windmills in a Pennsyvania windfarm. In this photo, one of the windmills is being repaired, which is the only way we got a sense of the scale of these things...huge!

Also, there was more wonderful installation art to be found at the Mattress Factory, including Renee Piechocki's "Guestroom for Lareese's Dream" (2009), which has one of the prettiest blues I've ever seen on the walls along with topographical map line drawings on the floor.

Also notable was Drew Pavelchak's "Staple Approach" (2009) that featured a kinetic chattering stapler.

And this lovely bit of business by an artist whose name escapes me (but the card is somewhere and I'll find it sometime) that had a body-size drawing (or carving) on the wall and this umbrella over the light fixture.

While in Indiana, we had an opportunity to go to the Wonderlab, which is the Museum of Science, Health, and Technology in Bloomington, IN, and just a fantastic place to take kids. One of the permanent exhibits they have is a see-through beehive that is inside the museum (but the bees can fly out to garden outside to collect pollen and go disco dancing through a see-through pipe). I have been interested in bees for awhile now, and this was a great chance to get to watch them for an extended period of time.

Lastly, in Bloomington we came across one of the nicest graffiti I've ever seen, on the side of an abandoned market.

And that's what I did on my summer vacation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Not sure if you knew that I worked at Wonderlab while I was a grad student at IU. Good memories, great people, and it never felt like work!

Looks like you had a great trip!