Yesterday at The Childrens Museum they finally opened Dale Chihuly's Firework's of Glass Exhibit and Tower. I must admit I was very skeptical about this exhibit. I didn't really see it's place in a Childrens Museum. Sure it looks pretty, and its a huge artifact for the Museum's collection, but that shouldn't be the be all and end all of it. I wondered aloud many times, where could kids go with that after they had seen it. I thought that little Suzy couldn't exactly go home and ask Mom for a glass blowing kit for her birthday now could she? It just seemed inpractical. It may still be really.
However, yesterday at the unveiling I found myself much more impressed with the structure and the exhibit itself than I anticipated being. I also noticed many ooh's and ah's from children as they stood underneath the tower and close to it on the ramps. The tower itself is suspended and 43 feet high. It's visible in part even from the main entry of the museum if only you look straight ahead to the Museum's core. It's hard not to be awestruck by it. It truly is a magnificent structure.
Childrens's museums need to be more about just science and history. There needs to be a place for the arts. That's a given. The Childrens's Museum of Indianapolis has been great about that in the past and continues to be now. This sculpture at the Children's Museum surely opens up a massive door of posibilities. Here is to hoping that they find a way to utilize the wonder and awe of the children and supplement the entire exhibit with more programs for the arts.