We'd been meaning to check out the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg and finally we got there and liked it a lot. It's on the waterfront downtown and well worth a visit.
Normally I photograph the captions attached to the art for me to use later, to incorporate as part of my narrative. In this case the information was just too dense, so with my apologies I include all the word in photographs for you to ignore or digest as you prefer, starting here:
Paper folding it turns out is a 20th century art form originating of course in Japan. But what we saw in St Petersburg took it to a new level and we walked around the room with our jaws hanging slack.
These simple geometric shapes repeated in large frames draw you in and I found myself staring, mesmerized by the repetitive designs.
This one I included for my own artistic endeavor, me looming like a shade in the background!
I cannot imagine the hours of work that went into creating this, but before that I can't imagine dreaming up the design in the first place.
The Folded Light globes are visible in the photo below floating like puffer fish across the ceiling, quite lovely.
As for the one giant paper sculpture Tampa Bay's free weekly Creative Loafing has a delightful review as part of their excellent report on the exhibit:
The exhibit is open through the 22nd of September and to miss it would be a shame, just seven hours north of Key West. Actually I like St Pete so its always delightful visiting the town that used to be known as "God's waiting room" and is now a youthful and vibrant destination.
We had left Rusty with a dog sitter thanks to the ever useful rover.com and as we made our way back to the car we passed a musician and dropped him off a tip as we walked into the shade of the splendid baobab trees: