Recently when my dad was in London, we went to the Martin Creed exhibition together. It was worth it alone for the brilliant first installation: a giant, rotating illuminated sign, that almost took your head off as it swung round. It simply read "Mother".
I think I actually punched the air with excitement as I stood in the wind shadow of its rotation. Monumental, inspirational, thoughtful, huge beyond words. Thank you Martin. But thank you also, for introducing us to your completely brilliant use of vegetables.
Another piece I was immediately drawn to was the wall of trees. At least that's what it looked like from afar. I love a tree me. I'll hug it, feel it, stroke its bark, sit under it, climb it... Anyhow, Martin Creed, has come up with a brilliant way to not only get your kids closer to a green vegetable, but also to use it as an artistic tool. And with it, you too can create a painted forest. Introducing: The broccoli. Hours of entertainment, I'm telling you.
What you need:
- A broccoli, or even just a few slices of it. Not too thin as then it becomes hard for the kids to use it as a stamp.
- Paint. Best is that thick stuff you get in squidgy tubes at the art supply store or in a supermarket.
Top tip: Why not try a cauliflower or celery print, now that we've seriously moved on from the potato...
Top quote: "A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain, you end up boring people." Edgar Degas