if you follow along on my snapchat (if you’re new to it, my username is love.taza on there) you might have seen all my video snaps from when we went to the armory yesterday afternoon to check out martin creed’s exhibit called the back door. it’s pretty awesome and if you’re in the city, it’s worth checking out!
we spent the majority of our time in the balloon room, because all three of our kids could not get enough of it! the work is titled “half the air in a given space”, because the room is literally half filled with large white balloons for you to walk through, dive into, and play with as you try to find your way to the exit on the opposite side. it’s incredible to see this sort of object in such a grandiose room that is a part of the armory. i loved reading this article from the nytimes for more background on the exhibit if you’re interested.
i feel like my hair is STILL full of static from our balloon session! haha!
if you go with little ones, keep them close by because with all those balloons flying around it is so easy to lose sight of them! a couple of times i was like, where’d they go?!?! because a balloon or two would fly in front of your face and before you knew it, you couldn’t see their tiny bodies anymore! they loved that though, and made it their mission to keep trying to run away in a sort of hide and seek fashion. conrad, too! he kept running away giggling! so much fun. i feel like we could spend every afternoon in there and never grow tired of it.
we left the balloon room at one point to check out another part of the exhibit, but samson kept asking to go back to the balloons. so we went in one more time! he was in heaven.
can you even with conrad’s static hair in this photo! gotta love balloons!!!!! i was laughing so hard looking at him!
i spy with my little eye…. ;)
this photo is my all-time favorite because of the kids faces! it’s just perfect, i’m obsessed.
conrad loved the metronomes on the fireplace mantle. they were all going off at different times almost making music, so he started dancing in josh’s arms at one point!
it was interesting to see how the parts of the exhibit were kind of surprising you at different times by creating contrast and contradictions with what you’d expect from the surroundings. like how the white piano would randomly just slam shut!
so this might have been my favorite part… when the video clip would end up above that light from the doorway, and the garage door behind those people would open and then shut again. at first, i didn’t know if those people standing there were part of the exhibit, because they were standing right in the middle of that light, holding hands while one had their head resting on the others shoulder. i wish i would have snapped a photo, but didn’t think to until they started moving away. it was so cool to see an entirely pitch black room and then watch that garage door open and close in the distance.
samson was particularly taken by the tall stack of legos in the case with all the fancy silver! he said, “what’s this doing here?!”
i have to tell you that when we were leaving the gallery, a guard came up to us to share that he was standing nearby when josh was explaining to the kids how this cannon worked, and he was impressed by the way josh talked about it in terms they would understand. it just reminded me how i often take for granted the way he pauses when we are all together to make sure the kids are understanding our surroundings as he answers their questions or ask them questions that might encourage them to look around and feel comfortable to ask more questions. i’m so thankful he does that. and it was kind of the guard to recognize that as well and compliment him on it.
we really do need to get over to the east side more often. it was a fun afternoon. the armory never disappoints though. i miss the time they had all those swings in there a few years ago by ann hamilton. do you remember? i think i instagrammed it but never blogged it… what was i thinking?! ;) so incredible.