Recently, on one of our gypsy travels, my family and I visited Washington D.C. As we were leaving the south side of the White House I saw a beautiful building. It was the home of a wonderful art gallery sponsored by the Smithsonian. It was full of interactive mixed media pieces. I have never been to an art gallery in which I was encouraged to touch and sometimes add my own artistic touch to a piece.
The Burning Man was showcased in the gallery the day we visited. It was spectacular! As we entered the gallery we decided to start from the top floor and work our way downstairs. The first thing that caught our attention was amazing huge mushrooms that would open when you stood under them complete with beautiful lights.
The next room was my son’s favorite of all. It was full of pillows that one lounged on and watched a relaxing digital light show above.
The beauty of the gallery was not only the fabulous art, but also the presentation of it. One room lead to another and was part of the work. Every angle, shadow and light was considered not only in reference of the piece it was part of, but also the art around it.
The play on lights through out the gallery was genius! In one room perfectly constructed metal pieces with delicate cuts used light to create a masterpiece.
There was an entire room made up of intricate wood carvings. The walls and ceiling were part of it. Visitors were encouraged to write on the carvings and leave notes.
Another room housed a chalkboard wall encouraging visitors to write out their wish.
Another room had sculptures that were created with everyday objects. This dragon had a lot of kitchenware as his body.
The costumes were creatively magnificent.
The artist of this sculpture did a wonderful job capturing the woman’s body in wire.
The final piece was a real stunner! It was made up of cardboard and had so many peep holes to look through. Here is just a sampling of this amazing piece a long with the peep holes.
Renwick Gallery is diffidently worth a day! I was only able to spend a few hours there, but hope to go back in the future!
To see more of Betz Golden’s travel to Washington D.C visit her Blog.
Until next time ~ Happy Traveling!
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