Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A bit of culture

While in Provo with the grand kids I tried to get in a bit of culture.  One of our first stops was the Provo Library.  I decided that it was finally time to take advantage of my Provo address and get a library card.  See that stack of books on Heather's lap.  She is a bit like her mother and grandmothers, can't live without the next book on a TBR pile.

The Provo Library is wonderful.  It is located on Academy Square which used to house the very first buildings of what would become BYU.  My mother attended classes on Academy Square while a student in the late 1940's.  The children's library is located on the bottom of this building and a new connecting building has been added with a connecting walkway on the east side.

I also took them to the BYU Museum of Art to see the new Beauty and Belief exhibit which explores Islamic art and its use on everyday objects.

It was interesting to see the great detail in the tile, metal, and wood work. They used calligraphic sayings as art.  I'm one who also likes a quote or two on my walls.

There was a new sculpture installation outdoors.

Toby found this much more intriguing than what was on the inside.

That probably had something to do with the "lego" look.

Yes, I can see you!

There was even a yellow duck in the water.

Sculpture paths collide.

Perhaps this one leads the way.

This was Toby's favorite, a permanent installation on the west side.

Heather liked this one.

Toby demonstrates his strength.

And the finale.

Look close and you might find the photographer in that ball.

We stayed around to listen to the Carillon Bells concert.

These are played on the hour at BYU but this evening they would be played for an hour.

They lasted just half an hour, but at least they were exposed to a bit of culture.

Note:  The teenager opted out of this entire cultural experience - imagine that :)

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