A Trip to the DAM

A couple of weeks ago Little O and I took some friends to the Denver Art Museum. I wanted to see Nick Cave’s exhibit Sojourn, before it closes in September. We’d seen the performance of Heard: DAM earlier this summer and liked it so well we decided the show of soundsuits was a must-see. Before visiting Sojourn, we visited an installation by Nick Cave that will be at the DAM for one year. Second Skin consists of some video of his soundsuits in action as well as a huge felt wall with silhouettes of soundsuits and some mannequins draped in felt that you can decorate with cut felt shapes.

We all had a lot of fun sticking shapes onto the wall, mannequins, and floor. (I’m not sure that the floor was meant to be decorated, but that’s what happened.) I was really pleasantly surprised to see this installation, because I had considered doing a huge felt wall in my basement playroom for Little O after seeing a felt Christmas Tree toy for toddlers. Seeing the boys have so much fun with this got my creative juices flowing, so don’t be surprised if you see a post for a DIY Nick Cave-inspired felt activity post in the future!


The Inevitable

The other day at the end of the day I was sitting on the couch doing some inane thing like checking Facebook while Little O was busily engaged in running his trucks on the kitchen floor.  So I thought.  I looked up from my device and saw this:


Well, technically I didn’t see that, because I was sitting on the couch, and from my vantage point I can’t see that part of the wall. But I did see Little O with a crayon in hand gleefully coloring all over the wall near the bathroom. He must have found a crayon that escaped my notice. Most of them were secure in the Ziploc bag on the table. Upon further inspection, he had colored near the bathroom, down the wall in the living room, and in the kitchen as pictured above.

20130809_173207 Here we are five minutes later after a good wipe with the magic eraser.  No harm done, but let this be a lesson to me–count the crayons!