Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

PITTSBURGH CHILDREN'S MUSEUM -- I overheard a six-year-old boy say to his mom at Pittsburgh's Mini Maker Faire:  "Stop texting on your phone for a few minutes!" He had things to see and do. Electronic gadgets to manipulate, plastic piggies to manufacture and many other fun hands-on things to learn about.


What famous paintings do you see upside down in the glass ball?

This guy is making plastic pigs not selling hair products.

Not sure what's going on here!




The Saturday Light Brigade radio team was there:

I hear she was a tough interview.


The "cloud maker" made clouds:


Geeksdanz was there, too, making dances.



The loudest musical instrument in the U.S. sits near the Children's Museum, and it makes music so loud that you can't think. It's the Great American Horn Machine, and I heard it loud and clear from a quarter mile away playing Oh When the Saints Go Marching In. They handed out earplugs for everyone close by. Check out a performance earlier this summer in Detroit:  http://blog.makezine.com/2012/07/19/maker-faire-detroit-great-american-horn-machine-interview/:



1 comment:

  1. As an artist myself, I enjoy reading Philip Koch's sensitive writing about Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, who along with Whistler and Rothko, are my favorite American painters.
    I don't live in the United States but have traveled and passed a short time there. But even with the little time spent in your beautiful country, especially in small-town America, I can relate to some of the poetical feel that Hopper and Wyeth had captured in their art, which is for me part of the attraction of their paintings.
    Browsing at wahooart.com the other day, as I do now and then, I find a good selection of Edward Hopper's work, http://EN.WahooArt.com/@/EdwardHopper ,in the big archive of Western Art, that customers can order online for canvas prints and even hand-painted, oil-painting reproductions can be made and sent to them.
    Hopper's surrealistic and depersonalized world is there again. Timeless, yes, as it is still there now in the roadside cafes and diners that I ate at all over America.

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