We all love our childhood memories. What we play, what we eat or what we wear can often bring back memories. For example, when I was a child, my favorite game was the ball pool. We went to a burger house. I did not care about the food, I just made a direct jump headfirst into the pool, I tried to swim between the balls. I remember my most colorful clothes came from Benetton. All my friends are telling the same thing. “When we were kids we were dressed from Benetton” they say.
Anyway, let’s get to the real issue, last month at our YGA camp we watched a movie called Patch Adams. I saw a scene in this movie and that impressed me a lot. Robin Williams prepared a room completely filled with colorful balloons for his girlfriend’s birthday surprise. The girl came, opened the door and was greeted by all the balloons, great music, and a birthday party with her friends.
Here watching that scene I wondered if it’s possible to really do such a thing. Then I saw that British artist Martin Creed had done just what I imagined. I want to see the world and I will add this exhibition to the top of my list of places to visit, if of course these beautiful balloons do not burst first.
British artist Martin Creed, working with different people has managed to recreate our childhood happiness. In the exhibition “Half the Air in a Given Space”, the artist filled his work space with 9000 monochrome balloons. “People in this study were as happy in childhood” he says.
The exhibition opened in the Netherlands after England. I hope this exhibition comes to our country one day. Yes, ball pools were the most favorite place of my childhood. My one regret about growing up is that now I never go to ball pools. But Martin has shown us that real happiness is our inner child.
So, no matter how old you are, just follow your inner child and be happy!