I mentioned earlier this week that the had ducked in to check out the Nordic Cool exhibits while at the Kennedy Center. If you haven’t done so yet, definitely check them out. The Kennedy Center has been playing around with various themes to kick off winter seasons, and not since they did their China run several years back have the knocked it out of the park like this. And unlike some of the prior years, Nordic Cool is really a testament to to all the arts, not just the ones that take place on stage.
The picture above is an art installation from working shirts that hangs in the the formation of a ship in the Hall of States…and the shirts are literally off the backs of workers from DC. As a funny aside, while we were walking through, I heard a lady mention to her companion, “where did they find so many workers in DC?”. Ha.
For the little ones, as if the installations weren’t mesmerizing enough themselves, there is a huge space upstairs just devoted to the Danish building blocks we know as legos – murals out of legos, thomas the train legos, viking legos…you name it.
And for the adults, lots of fashion and interior goods on display. Also, I didn’t get a good picture of it but they had an amazing exhibit on the waterfalls of Iceland. Each was photographed onto a transparency that was glass mounted and stored in an archive. As you pulled out a waterfall, not only did you see the photograph, but the whole room was enveloped in the sound of that waterfall. That’s as cool to me as the Legos were to diplo-tot.
On a flight recently, I had read about “Sarah Lund’s Jumper” – i.e. the sweater that the heroine from the thriller series
Borgen The Killing wears. I don’t think we have the series here yet but I keep reading about it in the British mags when I pick them up in London. Anyway… apparently the character just wears one distinctive sweater, made from a distinctive knit style from the Faroe Islands. Naturally I had no idea what that looked like until now – Gudrun and Gudrun, the makers of the sweater had both a diorama and knits on display in the fashion portion. A Gudrun sweater is definitely on my list for when we arrive in Denmark, stat. One for diplo-tot too.