At the V&A Museum in London, I was totally wowed by this amazing installation of colorful glass lights in the lobby, several stories tall. My photographs cannot possibly do it justice:
A week later, we went to the V&A Museum of Childhood across town and I saw this:
While it wasn’t as mind-bogglingly amazing as the first installation, this paper lantern extravaganza was colorful and fun and (in my eyes) a perfect poor-man’s version of the original. I have no idea if either museum’s installation was intended to relate to the other, but I certainly saw a connection. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about how I can use colorful paper lanterns en masse to add color and fun to my home. I’m thinking about using them in my bedroom, which is very large with a vaulted ceiling and hardly any windows (and even after 6 years in this house, nothing on the walls!) I think these would brighten it up considerably. And with the lanterns only costing a dollar or two each, it won’t be too expensive of a project! They come in an amazing array of colors and sizes and you can even add remote-control lights inside. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out.
While we’re on the subject, check out the use of tiny paper lanterns and colorful paper chains on the Christmas tree at the Museum of Childhood:
What a great way to add color and whimsy to a tree! Perfect for a children’s museum!