Do you have a special place that you visit over and over, year after year? We’ve been going to the Nelson since we moved to Kansas City in 1960. In grade school, we went there for field trips. And every time my family had visitors from out of town, we took them there. Now my kids all enjoy being there, and we all take a “Nelson Day” when we need it.
Here I am at about age 6. It was my dad’s idea was to dress up the statues. I had thought that this was taken on the south side of the museum, but I just checked with my brother, and he doesn’t think this is at the Nelson at all, so just consider it a free photo of yours truly taken on the same day that we also went to the Nelson.
It was really fun wandering around the grounds at night. We’ve been there for a couple of night time events, more recently, one that included star gazing on the front lawn. Here’s a photo of the front that night:
Those lights shining up through the reflecting pool are an art installation by Walter De Maria. If you’re in the parking garage, which is underneath the pool, you can see them from below. When I was a kid, there was just a big U-shaped driveway with parking in front, no water. Although I don’t “get” Walter De Maria’s art for the most part, I think it’s an improvement over a parking lot.
My daughters are contemplating an old friend of mine. I’ve visited this lion since the days of that first family photo. My brother showed me that you could stick your hand in the side of his mouth and dare people to put their fingers into the front of his mouth and then you could reach their hand and pinch their fingers. I got to do that a few times on school field trips back before you couldn’t touch any of the art.
I was going to save my indoor favorites for another post, but I’m putting him here to give you a better view. He’s now mounted on a special stand that is earthquake-proof.
I hope you enjoyed your mostly outdoor tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which is where I go when I need a break!