Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Social Distancing Art Tour

Late one morning we braved the heat and headed out to see some of the interesting artwork in Memphis...social distancing style.
I had seen online that there was a street in Memphis where, several years ago, there was a festival in which artists gathered and painted over 80 murals on the sides of buildings!
I was really intrigued but, after looking up the street, realized it wasn't in the best location.
I've mostly overcome my qualms about Memphis' ranking as one of the top 5 most dangerous cities in the US, but I try to avoid certain areas all the same. I didn't think I'd feel comfortable walking around there, especially with all the kids.
So we decided to do a drive-by observation. Breanne was brave enough to hop out of the car and it's thanks to her that we have these pictures! The boys were totally fascinated by the artwork from inside the car (and bonus: we had A/C!).

I feel like these old, condemned buildings have so much potential to be turned into something amazing.
The intricate designs surrounding each panel were so intriguing to me!

This one of Rosa Parks was my favorite!

After looking at the murals, we headed over to the metal museum to walk around the sculpture garden.
It is perched right on the edge of the Mississippi River, and the gardens are so lovely!
They asked that we wear masks even though we were outside and there were almost no other people there, so we donned them and sweated our way around the gardens.
(I did take mine off briefly for a few pictures. The boys don't mind wearing their masks, but they had obnoxious ribbons that wouldn't stay up! I've since replaced the ribbons with elastic, which works much better.)

I had checked online, and the Mud Island riverwalk was open!
After the metal museum, we were so excited to go cool off in the to-scale model of the Mississippi--always a favorite place to visit with visitors.

Unfortunately, after paying for parking and walking a ways with the heat pouring off the asphalt, we arrived only to find that, while the riverwalk itself was open, the water was all turned off! Everything was bone-dry. I'm not sure how having a few inches of water flowing through the river area would spread COVID-19, but needless to say we had some pretty hot, exhausted, upset boys when we made that sad discovery.

They didn't stay sad for too long, though...
we headed home and stopped on the way for snowcones!
The boys were very intrigued by the super-weird animated movie that was playing.

I always love an excuse to go out and explore more of the place I live, and Breanne always provides us with that excuse!

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