Artist Dale Chihuly wears an eye patch. Sadly, this is from losing an eye in an automobile accident several years ago, and yet, this only adds to his cool factor for little boys. Think pirates. Mr. Chihuly is famous world-wide for his colorful blown-glass sculptures which can be found in city parks, in front of museums, in private homes and inside museums and libraries. My three know his work intimately from the nation’s largest children’s museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not only has he contributed a massive scultpure which extends up four levels in the center of the museum, but there is also a wonderful exhibit attached. Children can create their own Chihuly-inspired sculpture using plastic replicas of the glass pieces, and can try their hand at virtual glass blowing on the computers.
Chihuly has provided us with some truly impressive views as we make our way up the ramps at the museum. It is more than just something to look at on our way from the Dinosphere to the Science Works.
And I thought dusting around the crystal in our china cabinet was tedious.
This piece is entitled Fireworks of Glass, but G has always referred to it as “Chihuly’s Spaghetti.” It does look a bit like wiggly pasta strands.
This naturally led to the epiphany of cooking our own “Dale Chihuly spaghetti.” I have seen so many postings and photos of colored spaghetti, but we have never done it ourselves. G was very excited about the idea.
We simply used several drops of food dye in our boiling water for the pasta. It did not turn out as brightly colored as I was hoping, but it worked for our purposes. G (and his brothers) were impressed and wanted to taste it. I tossed it lightly with a capful of oil so the noodles would not stick together as they cooled.
My neat and tidy G was fairly tentative at first about digging his hands in to the mess. He generally does not like to get dirty. Although, after a bit of coaxing, we finally convinced him to go for it.
Here it is: our Dale Chihuly spaghetti. I liked this sensory play even more since we were able to connect it with a specific artist. It was more meaningful for him, and it will give us something to talk about and remember the next time we head to the Children’s Museum.