We’re learning about energy at home, so he’s been introduced to solar energy … and he spent quite a while at this solar-powered installation trying to block out the light so that the rabbit/leaves/flowers will not move.
This installation created out of tracks/styofoam/models did not excite him very much. He wanted me to move through it quickly to get to the place whereby he could build his own tracks. The graffiti tree did not interest him very much either and stayed long enough in the room only to scribble a few things onto the tree.
But since we were already here at the Art Garden, I thought I should encourage him to at least have a look, if not touch, all the interactive displays. So he tried his hand at putting on some clothes for the boy figure but told me that he didn’t like the dressing game because it is “for girls”. Then he and some other children (picture on the right) filled up a large installation with wooden coloured chips … but halfway through he decided it was better for him to stand back and watch than join in the activity.
The lighting installation piqued his interest because he was fascinated by how the different coloured light would fall onto his hand if he extended it out to block it from falling onto the white boxes. And then we finally reached the room where he could make his own train tracks …
He stayed for a very long time in the room trying to make a twisty track. He had to make his train start/stop/start/stop at every intersection because the train needed to wait for him to open/close/open/close the barrier (you’ll see the barriers which are thin blue lines … if you peer closely into the photo on the right). Not a very common way to play with tracks because all the other children on the table were trying to make tracks that got their trains moving from point a to point b as smoothly as they can.
I thought the DIY train tracks would be the most memorable part of his Art Garden experience. But that was before we stepped into the second floor chapel and started watching the animated films. After that, he refused to leave the museum. So much so that we went back to the museum again today … just so that we can bring Kok Loon and Titus along to also watch the animated films.
Kaizer’s favourite animated film at the Art Garden was “My Father is a Washerman”. Interestingly, this was the only black and white film among the 17 being screened. He was really intrigued by several things in this short film – how the scarecrow (metaphor for decay?) turned everything black by just touching on it, how the washerman protected his son from the scarecrow by lunging at the scarecrow and turning black himself, how the washerman protected his son a second time by wrestling the scarecrow into the water and himself falling into the water also, how the son flew away in a white kite unscathed.