Saturday, February 22, 2020

Explore Follies...Definitely a Wise Choice

Finding teen-friendly activities that don't break the bank can be a challenge. Neither of my kids are athletic...and who am I kidding (neither are Steve and I!) but what to do with them beyond arcades like Epic 6 and Incredible Pizza (the only thing incredible being the headache I will have after spending an hour under flashing lights and annoying beeps and whirls) or sitting in a darkened theatre -- with the only interaction between us being a whispered "Pass the popcorn". None of these activities are cheap either.

Therefore I've made it a mission to revisit some of the places we have enjoyed in the past. Two weekends ago we stopped in at Laumeier Sculpture Park and were pleased to see a brand new installation. In fact, we nearly bumped into the artist (unbeknownst to us at the time) as he was exiting the Aronson Fine Arts Center after giving a presentation to Laumeier docents.

The solo exhibition of artwork by internationally acclaimed artist, Mark Dion is called Follies and consists of five sculptures and a dozen works on paper that explores the intersections between nature, science and architecture in ways that are whimsical and thought-provoking. Dion's exhibits are meant to be touched and explored. The kids and I had so much fun opening a treasure-trove of nearly 300 boxes -- consisting of decades of collecting. For all of us it became almost an addiction. After opening a few boxes we'd look at each other and say, "Ok -- just one more". No telling what you'd find. A small marble, a set of skeleton keys or maybe a feather.

Entrance into Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Dion exhibit is FREE. The exhibit will be on display now through May 24th 2020.

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