(Sacramento, CA – UPDATED July 8, 2019) The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce Toadtopia, an interactive installation created by local artists that invites children to hop along lily pads, discover enchanted creatures, and see life through the eyes of a toad.
Designed by Molly Devlin and S.V. Williams, Toadtopia is the newest of the Crocker's Art Spots, a rotating series of installations designed for young children and their families or care givers. Each Art Spot is created by a different artist or team that participates in the Crocker's ongoing early childhood programming to gain a thorough understanding of children's developmental needs and interests.
Devlin and Williams have been painting together for more than five years, creating art installations that inspire wonder, stimulate ideas, and encourage learning. Described as being “already in the head of a child,” the duo has works at the Truitt Bark Park, Wide Open Walls Festival, and at Art Street in Sacramento.
For Toadtopia, the duo conceptualized a fantastical, three-dimensional environment, where visitors’ senses are stimulated, proportions are contorted, and notions of reality are a bit skewed. Out of their work with the Crocker Art Museum's team of educators, Devlin and Williams created an environment where children are invited to use their imaginations as they climb inside a giant toad, feel the textures of flowers, and listen to mysterious sounds of nature.
Toadtopia will be open through January 5, 2020.
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Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children. More information about exhibits and programs can be found at crockerart.org