A Big Day in the City xo

We had a day out on Saturday in the city.  Cousin Tom and Cousin Maggie joined us on a trip to the Queensland Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art.

I had to giggle to myself on our way there.  Tom and Ben wanted to listen to the Star Wars sound track and this was the result. (Excuse the filming – just close your eyes and listen…. just a bit cute).

We arrived at the Museum and vooom everyone seemed to head in a different direction – all excited to explore. We wandered through two floors.  Our favorite exhibition was the Animal Zoo.

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We then headed into GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art.  Ohhhh it was so lovely.  My sister-in-law has been telling me how wonderful it is.  And you know….. it was all that wonderful and more.  The exhibition was ‘Art in the 21st Century’….. fabulous.  We quickly lost Tom, Ben and Andrew at the Lego table – a sea of white lego.

There is so much to see and do –  a slide from the top floor to the bottom, quiet nooks to explore,  fabulous art and a wishing wall straight from heaven!! Maggie and I made our way to the wishing wall to see what it was all about.  Artist Rivane Neuenschwander has developed an amazing interactive art piece called ‘I Wish, You Wish’.  An ancient and spiritual tradition from the depths of Brazil has found its way into a modern art installation in the heart of Brisbane.  Neuenschwander’s installation bedazzles you with over 10,000 brightly coloured ribbons hanging from the walls. Each ribbon has one of approximately sixty wishes printed on it, such as “I wish for a lovely family,”  “I wish I had more time for myself,” and “I wish I had magical powers.”  You are invited to take a ribbon and then in return you are expected to write your own wish on a piece of paper and put it in the hole on the wall from which you took the ribbon. In following with the tradition, you are supposed to wear the ribbon until it wears away, and then your wish is said to come true. Neuenschwander then prints the written wishes onto new ribbons and so the project sustains itself.

Maggie  had no trouble coming up with a wish ‘We wish my Daddy all BETTER’.  We wrote it on a piece of paper and rolled it up ready to put in the wall.  We scanned the colourful wall for a wish to take.  Maggie chose ‘I with for a lovely family’.  I really had to hold back the tears.  What a beautiful gorgeous girl.  This amazing piece of art was just the wish that we needed.  Maggie and Tom’s Daddy- Ben’s Uncle Cam-Andrew’s brother is doing fabulously.  He has jumped one massive hurdle and still has a few more to go for a full recovery.  Every wish helps xo

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After our amazing wish, we headed back to the boys at the lego table.  What amazing creations!!  We will definitely be heading back to GOMA soon!!

Picnik collage

On the way back to the car Ben spotted an ice-cream van….. and did the bolt!  Andrew chased after him and returned with Ben and  ice-cream to share.  When  driving home Tom commented that the Brisbane skyline looked like the one made of Lego…… so I took a snap out of the windscreen – it was a beautiful day.

There really is something special about family.  Watching Tom, Maggie and Ben together is a joy xoxo.

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