This past weekend, the Girl and I went the to Delta Family Picnic, at which there were many activities, booths, and kiddie rides.
There was also an art installation. So, the Girl dressed up as an owl,
And then climbed inside of an enormous, inflatable fish:
The installation, or choreographed participatory event, was called the Nylon Zoo by Evelyn Roth.
From Roth’s site:
The NYLON ZOO is a choreographed participatory event – you are the dancers and performers! Fly like a bird, hop as a frog or rabbit, twirl in a rainbow cape, swim like a fish, bobble like a hoopla mushroom. The costumes fit all ages from 2 to 102 and are designed to make you move. It’s an interactive story event as children and parents enter the giant inflatable storytelling theatre.
I think it’s pretty weird, but in an absolutely wonderful way. I love the presence of random objects with which (in this case in which) you can interact. The Girl went right in there, where she was guided in a series of movements inside of the multicoloured fish (“everyone touch something green!”). And costumes – I’m all over ‘em, and so is the Girl.
I wish I’d realized that I was allowed in, too!
Evelyn Roth rents some of her designs for events. You can visit Evelyn Roth’s site for more information about a variety of inflatables she’s made.