"Locust Tank" In "Hybrid Visions at Sabatini Gallery, Topeka-Shawnee County Library, Topeka KS, July 2008
If you're headed out to the library to knock out that summer reading list then you might notice it's been overtaken by another summer staple-- bugs! Not to worry, some bugs are fun to look at.
When kids leave the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, something large catches their eye on their way out the door.
"They get so excited, they have to run to it and say mom wow!" says Trish Nixon. At the back of the Sabatini Gallery, a large locust tangled with a tank is just one of Nicolas lampert's creations in Hybrid Visions.
"I think a lot of our visitors come in and don't expect to see a clock bug or a hedgehog vehicle but, so its quite unusual in that sense."
And when you take a closer look, you realize Lampert's odd creations are actually collages; pieced together from other pictures.
"A lot of people think they are drawings or paintings, so that's fun because it fools your eye at first," Nixon says.
But this is no ordinary art exhibit. At the Sabatini Gallery, kids and adults can create their own hybrid vision.
"In here, we're asking the kids to make their own collage and do what Nicolas does. I purposely left out any instructions," Nixon explains. "What a perfect way to kick off the summer reading season that with this exhibit?"
You can catch the Hybrid Visions display at the Sabatini Gallery during library hours until July 18th.