When Thousands of Stickers Are Given to Thousands of Children

obliteration room for imagination

When Thousands of Stickers Are Given to Thousands of Children

What will you do or think when facing a wholly white space? Spacious room pluses pure white painting, it encourages people to do something in it. And artist Yayoi Kusama just organized such an activity.

Yayoi Kusama created a huge domestic setting for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in December, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a dazzling white, essentially acting as a giant white canvas. Thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers were distributed to the museum’s youngest visitors over the course of two weeks, and they were invited to participate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. What a fantastic opportunity!

The Obliteration Room is the name of this art activity. Putting these colorful stickers on the wall may literally mean erasing the original white paint, but isn’t it also a process of erasing any unhappiness, concerns, or things you want to forget?

To some extent, it’s visitors-involving work of art. That’s why it looks more brilliant and artful. There is no distance between art and spectators, which makes the artwork pure beauty.

Kids, who don’t have many complicated thoughts, just directly do when something suddenly comes into their minds. When kids got these stickers, they just put them on any place they like without deep consideration. This activity is really conducive to stimulate kids’ imaginations and let them show themselves.

Childhood is a period of wonder and shapeshifting, when beds turn into boats with sheets as sails, sailing across a wild sea of pillows; a tea towel transforms into a cape of invincibility, flying out behind a child who has transformed into a superhero; and a clothes horse and blankets transform into a castle where a princess cowers from a dragon that foolish old parents might mistake for a teddy bear.

However, what appears to be harmless fun is actually very important work. When children use their imagination in play, they are developing important psychological and emotional capacities that aid in their understanding of the world in which they live and their place within it; they are learning to solve problems, construct new possibilities, and even change the world.

The role of creativity in all aspects of child growth, according to child psychologist Sally Goddard Blythe, director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology and author of The Genius of Natural Childhood: Secrets of Thriving Children, cannot be overstated. “In a way that is really freeing,” she says, “this kind of play encourages children to tap into their imagination and just run with it, without any boundaries.”

A child’s imagination has the power to turn a twig into a magic wand, a cardboard tube into a telescope, and a bubble bath into a deadly swamp – and by sharing imaginative experiences with your child, you may help them transform and evolve into innovative thinkers and problem solvers who could one day change the world.

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