The biggest thing to happen lately is carpet. Let's take a look. But first we'll have to get there....
This is the entrance to the gallery from the lobby. Near the center, to the right of the pillar, you can see that the windows have been blocked. Eventually, a mural will cover the wall on the other side, and so the windows had to go.
Our maintenance man told me that I must walk on these mats to keep from tracking dust into other parts of the building. Yes sir! I make sure I stay on the mats if I think he's around.
The boiled-celery color of these walls would concern me--if I didn't know how the introductory gallery will look when it's finished. Murals, graphics, exhibits, and activities will fill up the space and make it look great. It'll be hard for me to fixate on the wall color then.
The Fordson tractor is just kind of hanging out in what we used to call "Gallery B," but which will become the "People of the Plains" exhibit in the future. The tractor will end up in the boiled-celery gallery, in front of a mural where the windows to the lobby used to be.
Above, on the left, you can see how the furrdowns are being painted to match the walls. It actually creates kind of a neat effect, changing the feel of the space somehow. In the middle photo and on the right, you can see the upper wall (white) behind the curvature of the tornado theater wall (blue). That white space will get a menacing-clouds mural of its own.
(Top, left) I'm surprised the maintenance man doesn't make us wear vacuum cleaners on our feet to keep from tracking up the carpet. (Top, middle) The "line of demarcation" between Phase 1 carpet (complete) and Phase 2 carpet (it'll be a few weeks). (Top, right) Looking toward the west end of the main gallery. (Bottom, left) Looking toward the southeast corner of the main gallery. That big, white, curved wall will have murals on both sides. (Bottom, middle) Close-up showing the ramps to what will be the Council Saddle Shop (left) and the General Store (right). (Bottom, right) The southwest corner of the main gallery, which will be devoted to the Tingley Collection exhibit.
A rough gang of equipment lurking in a corner of the gallery.... Quick, throw down your alfalfa hay and peanut vines! Run, run! Before you're sprayed with kerosene! (Mug shots of the alfalfa thresher, left; oil wagon, center; and peanut thresher, right.) When they clean up the neighborhood, this area will become "Prehistory."
Last week, to make way for the carpet, we had to move the windmill. Here it is in its final location, after the carpet was laid.
We had to move the firetruck too, which weighs several tons. I say "we," but really Brian Smith did it all by himself, as this picture clearly shows.
Here's the firetruck in its final location. You guessed it, there's going to be a mural behind the firetruck! Murals on both sides of that curved wall, too.
A crop circle in the gallery! What does it mean? Very strange.
And finally, here's another mystery. There's a secret room in the new gallery. This is what it looks like inside. But I'm not going to tell you where it is. Geez, I just said "secret," right?
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going-on at the museum.