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Block Party

The research continues…

I owe this shot to Amy Ferber – one of our favorite party girls!

The second most popular interactive display in Bullseye Gallery’s recent Retrospective exhibition was a set of brightly colored cast-glass wedges. It wasn’t designed with children in mind. It was intended to show the range of possibilities in mixing frits and the gradations related to thickness. Adult visitors have enjoyed looking at the blocks, although some are tentative to touch. Kids not at all. Although typically, the older the child, the more studious the engagement.

I wish I knew what he was thinking for so long before beginning to move the blocks.

The connection with younger kids is instant and magnetic.

Child's flight path: a focus as intent as any raptor.

But what is it that they respond to? Although the colors are undeniably seductive (no, no kid – or adult – tried to eat these little pie-shaped wedges), it seems to be the shapes that first sucked in the kids.

How do they fit together?

Look, Dad, one hand!

Is building stuff one of our deepest drives?  Is it about figuring out how objects relate to other objects? How they all work within a space? I wonder if we should let the kids loose on the Richard Whiteley works?

What happens if another creature enters the Making Space?

This is one of the areas that fascinates me most: how does the presence of others affect our making? Does it disrupt our connection to the material? Or does it add another, more complex quality to the monolog we were just enjoying?

If she’s a cute blond…. Is it the end to a budding career in architecture?

Amy, whose son Jackson had spent some time with the Tint Wedge display, mentioned to me later in the evening that he’d very precisely arranged the wedges so that the like surfaces were all aligned (some surfaces are smooth, others have a rough texture). Why was that?

Figuring it out could keep me – happily – busy for the rest of my life.

3 Responses to Block Party

  1. Marjorie says:

    “Nothing is in the mind that was not first in the senses.” (Maria Montessori) These children are in their sensitive period for sensorial exploration and classification. You’ve provided them with an experience that is profoundly engaging.

  2. Lani says:

    As they have me! ;-)

  3. Michelle says:

    Now this, is a beautiful thing!

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