Living in the Baltimore/Washington area is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to museums, which sometimes means smaller quirkier places get overlooked. The south side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has two such places, the Museum of Industry and the American Visionary Art Museum. If you are driving down Key Highway on your way to Fort McHenry you may miss them entirely.
Last Saturday, my son has a competition for an engineering class at the Museum of Industry which is a large converted factory on the waterfront. When the event was over I talked him into going to AVAM to check out the truly bizarre artwork they have there. The juxtaposition made me realize that the two museums had more in common than one would think. Here are some examples:
The Front Door
Large Object In Courtyard
Ball of Bras
Competition Being Sponsored on May 5
Story Theme Park Ride Challenge
Elementary school kids design and build a theme park ride based on their favorite book. The sculpture must include moving parts showing how the ride works.
The Kinetic Sculpture Race
Art school drop-outs design and build enormous vehicles out of recycled materials that have to go around and across the Inner Harbor without falling apart.
As fate would have it, I will be back at the Museum of Industry this weekend which is along the Kinetic Sculpture course. I hope to get pictures and/or video of both events. Come out and enjoy the fun.
Blatant Comment Whoring™: What is your favorite obscure museum?