The Woodmere Art Museum has just opened up their fourth annual straw bale installation to the public! The installation is a Chestnut Hill, PA tradition, kicking off the town’s annual October Harvest/Harry Potter Festival. The installation uses eighty 900 lbs six string straw bales from a local farm, arranged in a manner to promote play and inquiry. Patrons can move between, within, and above the installation by climbing, running, jumping, chasing, bouncing, and hula-hooping. Within each of the major spaces are play accessories including a six foot diameter red ball, an array of inflated truck-sized inner tubes, twenty-five hoops of various diameters, and a straw mattress for jumping into. Upon the closing of the installation in November, the straw bales will be repurposed as a mulch for local mushroom farms.
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