The Gallery

Every two months, The Gallery showcases the work of a local artist or artists, and gives visitors the chance to get a close-up look at some of the innovative, beautiful and inspiring work created by the talented New England artist community.  Come back often to see what's new.

Now Showing February 15, 2014 – April 27, 2014

"Animal Motion Park"


A snake slithers through the grass. A bird flutters overhead. A fish pumps its fins. Unlike ordinary animals found in a park, these creatures are kinetic sculptures that explore and examine movement in the world around us. They, along with other kinetic critters, will be on view in the new exhibit "Animal Motion Park."

Wrenford Thaffe is the artist and engineer behind these unique sculptures. A recent graduate from Amherst College, he uses recycled parts, ranging from wood and bolts to old electronics, to replicate movement found in nature. Some of these sculptures are operated by hand cranks setting gears in motion while others make use of microchips and remote controls. At the root of each sculpture is the basic question of how to recreate a living creature. Wrenford describes his sculptures as being at the interface of science and art. The interactive devices echo the complexity found in nature and the interconnection between the natural and the physical world.

Wrenford’s work reflects and incorporates many of the learning areas at the Boston Children’s Museum, including art, science, engineering, and recycling. While the outdoor parks may be snowy and frozen, visit Boston Children’s Museum to explore the "Animal Motion Park," on display through Sunday, April 27.

What are we learning?

  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Visual - Spatial Thinking Skills