I have been so, so busy finishing up my course and had the most stressful week of my life last week. And although I still have one class and a quiz to do tomorrow night, I was looking forward to taking time out to do something fun with my little girls today. We headed into Paddington to the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation to see their current exhibition Contemporary Art for Contemporary Kids.
It was awesome! The first experience was created by Brisbane-based artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. The project In-flight (Project: Another Country) 2009 allows children to make aeroplanes out of found materials. Touching on themes of migration, family and memory, the recycled planes form a giant flock suspended from the ceiling.
The girls loved this. No glue or tape (truthfully, my girls were a bit taken aback by this 'What do you mean, no glue!' exclaimed Liv in disbelief)- just scissors, string and mountain of scraps. It was amazing what they found, that other children had made, rummaging around in there;
The first thing Elly did was make a fan and show her big sister;
She definitely has an aversion to heat, so I thought this was really funny.
Then both girls came up with their own version of an aeroplane using cardboard tubes, straws, sticks, fabric and string.
It was all they talked about for the rest of the day and when we got home, they scoured the house to make their own (thankfully not quite as large) mountain of recycled material and we've seen all sorts of inventions, like the toothpaste-box vacuum cleaner, a bandaid-box walkie-talkie and the fluffy toilet-paper slippers! They have definitely been inspired...