March 7, 2013

A Palace for Wednesday

Full view of A Palace for Wednesday.

I’m having a wonderful time at the Mingei Museum.  This last weekend, while the Geezer was working at the SDAM, I went up to the Mingei. 

Yes, I was disappointed that the show on “Blue” was down.  No chance to see the film on indigo dye.  On the same floor, over in the corner, a five foot tall pile of leaves and twigs caught my eye.  In the 80’s, artist Alice Hudson had been commissioned to create a home for a small doll named Wednesday.  Here out of leaves and twigs, fabrics and paper-mache, Hudson created a magical world that charms us all.

Here her imagination blooms.  Wednesday greets you at the door to her home, and shares it with obvious delight.  I am not alone in feeling drawn to this sculpture.  The Wanderer spent hours in 2012 photographing and researching Wednesday’s Palace.  The Mingei has published a book about Wednesday, and there are many other sites online that explore this glorious burst of imagination.

John Nobel, who commissioned the work, made a video in conjunction with the Mingei.  In this film, A Palace for Wednesday, He talks about the creation as well as about the delightful characters.  Stop by at the video when you have a few moments as I do at the museum.

  • Keeping those on the east coast in my thoughts.
  • Himself:  Really doggedly being one of the good guys.  Lost over 2 pounds too.
  • Herself:  Grumpy has journeyed to the North County to temporarily cover for the ailing Truck.  In reality, no one should lend out a truck named Grumpy.
  • Reading:  Continuing with Moon’s “Vatta” series.
  • Loosing it:  Managed to lose my handicapped placard….she says hitting herself about the head.  Lost only -.2 pounds this last week.
  • Balance: 

    1. This sculpture looks like something from a Johnny Depp movie or an Edward Gorey cartoon. I think that space opera stuff is affecting you. Dianne

    2. I love the castle: what a great work. I went to the Mingei Museum many years ago and really loved it. I think I saw Serizawa silkscreens there for the first time. Thank you for the castle.

    3. Amazing! Kind of like Gaudy in his mean years!

      Are the roses blooming in SD, yet?

    4. Incredible, I'm a fan of all things tiny sized but never heard of this before. Wow!

    5. Oh, my! This is simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it. I watched the video and sent it to my daughter-in-law. My granddaughters love fairies and always want to build fairy houses in our woods. I don't think they ever imagined this though!

    6. I've always been fascinated with little worlds created from imagination. Love dioramas for just that reason. Would love to see the Palace for Wednesday in person.

    7. Wow! This is so imaginative and beautiful. The details are awesome.

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