Badgerdog at the Blanton

8 Feb

If you happened to be wandering through the Blanton Museum of Art last November, you might have found yourself in a small gallery full of artistically rendered blueprints. They hung on the wall still wearing the creases from their shipment to the museum (the artist, Leon Ferrari, wanted them that way). From a few feet away, the blueprints had the look of those we’re accustomed to—designs for a space that humans can use, travel through, sit down in and hold conversations. But as you stepped closer, you discovered each blueprint sketched a reality quite unfamiliar—vast tables at which people sat facing away from one another, dozens of people walking through a winding labyrinth, a tangle of Escher-like staircases.

Thanks to the Blanton and support from Applied Materials, several of our young writers had the chance to view these blueprints (among other works) and use them as inspiration for their writing. This week, we are proud to feature one of these poems. Here, Gwen sketches a beautiful world through poetic blueprint, and like those prints in the gallery, Gwen’s rendition imparts a similar sensation—curiosity, awe, and mystery. She has much to be proud of.

Blueprints and Cathedrals

In the blueprints for my city, you will find adults six inches tall.
Each story in a building is one foot high.
When it rains, you see sad faces in the sky.
When it’s sunny, you see happy faces in the sky.
When people walk into the sanctuary, they fall into the ceiling.
Rules: no litter, no roads, and no taxes.
And don’t be modest.
There are twenty churches in there.
Have faith and hope.

Gwen, fourth grade, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School

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7 Responses to “Badgerdog at the Blanton”

  1. Ms. Hertz February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    What an imaginative poem! I think my favorite part of your poem is the line about the rules. I’m so proud of you, Gwen! Please continue to be a wonderfully creative and inspired individual as you grow up. Congratulations!

  2. Mrs. Gould February 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    “When it’s sunny, you see happy faces in the sky.” This line from your poem evokes happiness in my heart. Thank you writing and sharing your poem. I am very proud of you for being chosen Voice of the Week!

  3. Shannon Turner February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Beautiful Gwen. We love you!

  4. Grandma Turner February 9, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Dear Gwen,
    So very proud of you! I liked the fact that there were so many churchs in your town. It shows faith and strength of character.

  5. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Wow, what an amazing poem! Just keep up the good work. 😀

  6. Mrs. Fender February 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    I am so excited to see that your creativity is being recognized and shared with others. Congratulations on leaving an imprint on the literary world! How lucky I am to have been your second grade teacher!

  7. Mrs. Cook February 11, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I love the closing line to your poem. What a simple yet, strong message: “Have faith and hope”. Love it!

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