Delta - 2013 Woodmere Art Museum Bale Installation
Woodmere Art Museum Straw Bale Installation 2013
The Woodmere proudly presents the fourth annual straw bale installation located upon their front lawn at Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road. The installation has become an annual tradition as Chestnut Hill prepares for its annual Harvest/Harry Potter Festival in late October and is open from mid September to November.
The installation uses eighty 900lbs six string straw bales from a local farm arranged in a manner to promote play and inquiry. Patrons can move between, within and above the installation: climbing, running, jumping, chasing, bouncing, hula-hooping and touching is encouraged. Within each of the four major spaces are play accessories; a six foot diameter red ball, an array of inflated truck-sized inner tubes, twenty-five hoops of various diameters and a straw mattress for jumping into. Play is not scripted nor spoon-fed. Each participant is encouraged to find their comfort zone and hopefully move beyond to widen personal boundaries and increase self-discovery.
Upon the closing of the installation in November, the straw bales will be repurposed as a mulch ingredient to local mushroom farms.