School starts Monday, and so my two grandsons and I are doing our best to enjoy this last week of freedom.
This afternoon we went to the Kimbell Museum to see Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons, film installations by Phillip Haas inspired by works in the collection. I don't know if the exhibit's title was specifically designed to attract little boys, but it worked. They were enthralled by the installations.
We viewed one [inspired by James Ensor's Skeletons Warming Themselves]while sitting on the floor inside a room-sized skull; another [inspired by Apollo and the Continents] while stretched out flat on the floor while amazing images floated across the ceiling overhead, and another [inspired by Annibale Carracci's The Butcher Shop] seated on a bench in a room where we watched the artist on one wall and his subjects on another. At times, images moved from one side of the room to another, a process that fascinated all three of us.
We didn't see all the installations, leaving some for another day. It was time to let off some energy so we crossed the street to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, my grandsons' favorite museum in a city full of museums.
One reason they love it is Richard Serra's Vortex, a 67 feet, 10-inch high sculpture of Cor-ten steel.
When you walk inside this amazing piece of art, sound changes. The sculpture is a giant sounding board, turning steps into soft booms, taps into sharp little darts of sounds, sighs into breezes, and giggles into full blown laughter.
Gavin, 5, thinks it is just about the best place in the whole city. What's more, the openings in the bottom of the sculpture create a nice little wind tunnel, making its shaded interior about ten degrees cooler than outside.
Looking up at the opening at the top is not unlike being inside a cathedral.
Curran, 7, likes leaning on the walls in various places, seeing how the sound changes as he moves.
And if you hop and leap about, your feet make wonderful musical sounds.
Rubbing your hands on the walls, raising your voice, tapping your toes -- all make interesting and varied noises.
And of course, yelling makes great BIG echoes.
Gavin wraps himself in sound and sunlight inside the Serra.
Then we head home where popsicles, cool tile floors, and happy dogs await us.