Let’s talk Pokemon Go and the arts.
Today I went to the Grounds for Sculpture. It is 42 acres of superb outdoor sculptures, magnificently landscaped, and my favorite place to be. I visit around four to five times a year. Today, it was packed because it has over 40pokestops. And that is wonderful!
The arts struggle. When budgets get cut, the arts go first. Many people are unaware of artistic landmarks right around the corner. Many more wouldn’t know how to support them. Pokemon Go is helping people discover, appreciate, and explore artistic locations in ways they never have.
The Philadelphia Art Museum is advertising lures at their pokestops all weekend. The Moma proudly tweets about their pokestops. Twitter is full of people talking about local murals that they didn’t know existing. People are engaging in art through this game. It is beautiful. For many years museums and non profits have struggled to gain new patrons, engage a new audience. And here it is, in the most unexpected of places.
To those stick in the muds who glared at me while I caught a Vulpix at the Monet bridge. You do not know that I painted until two am last night. I eat, sleep, and breathe art. Today I was engaged with my family, getting exercise, and enjoying the sunshine. All while experiencing my favorite place in a refreshing way. I was not a mindless zombie as your eye roll implied. I was celebrating the drives of teenagers romping through Magdalena Abakanowicz Space is Stone. It was brought to life by their interest. May future generations find joy in my art in ways I cannot imagine.
Pokemon Go is good for the arts.
Does anyone know what the black sculpture is, in the weedle pic? It looks super cool and I wanted to find out more about it :)
@cardozzza it’s called ‘Dana’, by Curt Brill – you can se it on the grounds for sculpture website (groundsforsculpture [dot] org [slash] Artwork [slash] Dana)
Ahh, thank you! :D