I was in a castle. The castle was in the clouds. I stood under the giant’s table listening to the song of the harp and the sound of golden eggs dropping from a hen.
When was the last time you suspended belief and stepped into a fairy tale?
At The Broad art museum in Los Angeles last week, I walked under a table and all I could think about was Jack and the Beanstalk. I remember being a kid and sitting under the dining room table pretending it was a gingerbread house in the woods or a castle in the sky.
The artist, Robert Therrien, seems to want us to remember having that experience of living in the possibilities of the imagination. It worked.
Write about a setting from the point of view of a child. Pick a piece of furniture or object from your childhood. Crawl into a space that you would be too large for now. What does the world look like from there? How does it feel to be so small?
Check out “Under the Table” by Robert Therrien here: http://www.thebroad.org/art/robert-therrien.