(Goblin is 32 months)
Inspired by the Kids Get Arty series over at Red Ted Art I decided to take Goblin to an art gallery.
Damien Hirst was exhibiting at the Tate Modern so we took a trip to London to see his retrospective. I thought that Goblin would like the shark in formaldehyde (The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living), which he did. I hadn't given any consideration to the fact that Damien Hirst is a controversial artist because he produces works like "A Thousand Years" (1990) which is a rotting cows head in a big glass box being devoured by living flies. Had I thought about it, I probably wouldn't have wanted my toddler to see that particular piece. However Goblin was completely unfazed by it and wandered straight past to the big dead sheep in formaldehyde saying "look mummy, sheep". The Guardian has some pictures of the exhibition (the cow's head is number 8)
Goblin was very attracted to two items. The first was Black Sun which was a giant circular canvas covered in dead flies - There is no accounting for toddler taste! The second however was a beautiful butterfly canvas. I had seen pictures of the butterfly canvases, but I have to say they were so much more awesome in real life. They are huge, 12 feet high (I think) and they look like stained glass windows. Some are quite obviously butterfies but with others you have to get quite close before you realise that the colours are the wings of thousands of butterflies. You can see more pictures of the butterfly art here.butterfly play scape and my plan was to get Goblin to glue them to the dried canvases using a glue stick. However I was somewhat thwarted by the fact that the glue wouldn't stick to the paint, so we had to use liquid glue which is less easy.
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