July 22, 2003

Sweetness and Joy

The Los Angeles Times Calendar section had an article today about the current exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The most interesting, apparently, was this little guy:

Charlie

"Charlie"'s a remote-controlled little boy robot on a tricycle, and he rolls around the museum's galleries and sneaks up behind people. The Times describes him as "spreading sweet joy". He was commissioned by MOCA.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that this is amusing, but it's also a little creepy. I begin to have a suspicion that neither the folks who run MOCA nor the people the who visit MOCA are used to having real little kids underfoot--and have no idea how much real sweet joy a real kid can be.

Posted by Will Duquette at July 22, 2003 04:52 PM

Deb said:

Gosh, maybe you could loan them one of yours to spread real joy!

I'd be totally creeped up if a mechanical kid that looks like Charlie McCarthy came up behind me when I was looking at Art!