The previous time I visited London’s Tate Modern museum of international modern and contemporary art, the view you see pictured above wasn’t possible. That’s because the museum only recently opened a building to provide more room for exhibitions, more spaces for other uses, a restaurant and an observation deck allowing for sweeping, 360-degree views of London. (If you plan to go, bring a sweater, as it can get gusty up there.)
Back inside, warm and cosy, I wandered into an exhibition called Living Cities, which explores how urban dwellers live. It uses photographs, paintings, interactive art and such displays as the construction you see above — a scale model city made of couscous. (I wondered what it was made of when I smelled it. I was surprised to learn my guess was correct.)
Birdsong fills the entrance to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.
A very appropriate sound as the space is dominated by a huge metallic sculpture in the shape of a bird.
My eyes followed my ears, searching for the source of the sweet, soothing chirping sounds. There were speakers, somewhere, no doubt.
Instead, I found swallows nesting about the structure, their song amplified by the art that serves as their home.
What a wonderful melding of urban art and nature.