Neon Signs at Laumeier

Did you know that Laumeier Sculpture Park doesn’t showcase only sculptures? I actually didn’t realize that before our recent visit to see a non-sculpture exhibition on display in theĀ Aronson Fine Arts Center: “David Hutson, Memory & Desire: A Personal Exploration of Neon Art, Past and Present.” As the name suggests, this exhibition focuses on the work of David Hutson, and includes restorations of local neon signs, as well as original neon work by Mr. Hutson. While the original work is fantastic, my interest was in the vintage neon signs, and I was definitely not disappointed!

This exhibit will be on display at Laumeier through January 13, and I highly recommend it…it’s a fantastic glimpse into the past!

2018-19 School Year–Week Seven

Another week completed…we’re already about a fifth of the way through our school year! How crazy is that?!?

What’s really crazy is how much Turkey and Bunny have been learning in chemistry. They’ve learned things about the atom this week that I’m sure I never did. One especially interesting topic was orbitals. They also wrote a few more short stories for creative writing, and I have to say, I really enjoyed reading them! We also started our literature study of Romeo and Juliet (Turkey is less than thrilled), and a lesson on the Huns (including Attila), in history.

Ladybug enjoyed her math lessons this week, because they focused on geometry. She finally got to use her protractor to measure angles. Her history lessons were centered on China at the time the Grand Canal was built. She’s also almost finished her literature study of the White Stallion of Lipizza, and is continuing to enjoy learning about horses in science.

Chickadee has reached a really fun stage in reading. Now that she’s learned some more blends, she’s started noticing all the things there are to read everywhere, and she’s attempting to sound out the signs she sees when we’re out and about. She got to work on counting with money in math this week, and she’s also really enjoying the second Grandma’s Attic book.

We finally went on the field trip I’ve been hoping for, and the weather was perfect for it…it actually kinds of feels like fall! Laumeier Sculpture Park just debuted an exhibit of restored neon signs and new neon artwork by David Hutson. It’s been awhile since we visited the park, and neon signs are right up my alley, so we took the morning today to see the exhibit and walk through the park.

We also watched Rick Steves’ The Story of Fascism in Europe special this week. I highly recommend this show, because he ties history and the present day together very well, explaining how the horrors that accompanied WWII came to be, and what European countries are doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It was definitely heavier than the regular Rick Steves’ Europe shows we watch, but it contained a lot of good information, and gave us much to talk about.

The Space Between Scott and Plessy

We saw this set of sculptures at Laumeier Sculpture Park, and I found it to be particularly moving. It is supposed to show the difference of the times of Dred Scott and Homer Plessy in regards to segregation. I don’t always get art, but this one was crystal clear!

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Laumeier Sculpture Park

Did you know that St. Louis is home to one of the best sculpture parks in the world? Even though I’ve been hearing about Laumeier for a long time, I had never been there before. But, since we had to go find the “Cakeway to the West” cake there anyway, we took a (long) walk around, and we weren’t disappointed. I think the general consensus was that the giant eyeball was our favorite sculpture.

If you haven’t checked this park out yet, or just haven’t visited in a while, you should stop by. Admission is free, and there’s plenty of different trails for walking, and lots of nature to see in addition to the art!