by Jessica on January 27, 2012

Broken bicycles, old busted chains

Rusted handle bars, out in the rain.

Somebody must have an orphanage for

All these things that nobody wants anymore…

~Tom Waits~

Think for a minute about what you would do if you had unlimited resources to create a space for children to explore and learn.  If it were up to me, I would design a space exactly like Innovation Studios at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  Five glass walled studios- each with a name like 'Doodler', 'Designer' 'Inventor,' 'Explorer' and 'Imaginer'-are thoughtfully stocked with supplies that inspire kids to create and learn without boundaries.  The materials in each studio are changed regularly, so you can expect a new experience every time you visit the museum.

At the heart of this distinctive space is Dreamtime, an art installation by Warren Muller, that sends a statement about the purpose of the space.  As the ultimate nod to "one man's trash is another's treasure," Muller repurposes items that most people would discard as wasted junk and transforms them into a feast for the imagination.  DreamTime incorporates clear and multi-colored light bulbs, fiberoptics that slowly change color, and neon with rusted tricycles, pictures of Elvis, broken chandeliers, and all other manners of junkyard trash.  The massive sculpture is over half a ton and fourty feet  long, creating a boundless energy at the center of the Studios.

As you gaze at the sculpture, you can't help but notice the relics of childhood memories that had  been written off as useless, but with proper imagination, the hidden potential is released and a new life is reborn.   It is the perfect inspiration for a space that hopes to encourage children to reconsider the ordinary and discovery something extraordinary.

~This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby and Friday Daydreamin at R We There Yet Mom~


Becca@R We There Yet Mom? January 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

I LOVE it!!!  That museum is great – we have not been in years!!
Thank you for linking up today – have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa January 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

What a cool museum!  You are really making me want to take my kids to Dallas!

Sonja January 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Wish there were more museums like that for kids.  Seems like all that stokes their imagination these days is video games!

Steve January 28, 2012 at 12:59 am

It looks pretty cool, although I'm slightly concerned that my daughter might decide to take all the stuff on the floor of her room and make one of these displays. Maybe I won't show her this post.

Terri @ Travel 50 States with Kids January 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

Wow!  That is really neat.  We missed this on our trip to Texas a few years ago.

ChunkyandMonkeyMD January 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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Marina K. Villatoro January 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

What a great Idea! A museum filled with beautiful sculptures made of other people’s junk. I also love the lighting.
It would make a great day trip for my family and the perfect opportunity to show my boys another way of recycling.

Mary @ The World Is A Book January 31, 2012 at 12:29 am

This looks like an awesome museum.  I love how it's never the same whenever you visit.  What a great sculpture not just to look at but something to show everyone that trash can be turned into everyone's treasure. 

Sarah V. January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Oh no! Another Texas adventure we didn't have time for before we moved! I guess I'll have to make time to go back and visit. Thanks for sharing. :)

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