|Mission Santa Clara de Asis at Santa Clara University Campus|
My daughter and I spent an enjoyable two hours appreciating the campus buildings' mission revival architecture, exploring the mission sanctuary and viewing the art exhibits at the De Saisset Museum. I would not however, recommend this trip for young children. I think it would be appropriate for 4th graders (studying California missions) and up.
There is a brochure offering a self guided tour of the mission and grounds. We didn't do it, though I would like to another day.
|Interior of Sanctuary|
The main reason we visited Santa Clara University was to see an exhibit at the De Saisset Museum by local artist Michele Guieu, called Sip. Do Not Gulp. Michele's exhibit takes up an entire room and is quite wonderful to see. She painted a mural directly on the walls, laid out a huge acorn statement/rug, set up a continuous video and included a way for viewers to participate in the ongoing project. The result is a beautiful display of the "interconnectedness of food and water throughout Santa Clara Valley's long history."
|The acorns represent the Ohlone Indians|
|Participants invited to add their own observations via blue paper plates|
|Mission Santa Clara De Asis|
|3D Printing Shapes|
Final thoughts: Regarding Sip. Do Not Gulp, I would have liked to have seen some innovative ideas on how we can counteract water shortages in California besides references to how much water a single chicken or cow requires; but to be fair, I believe the artist's intention was to increase awareness of the history and importance of water, not to offer solutions.
Regarding A Serving Of Shapes, I think it would have been much better if an actual printer and workshop were going on; the video didn't hold our interest. Also, I found it rather ironic that this display was next to one that talks about conserving water, because 3D printers result in plastic products that as far as I know, can't be recycled.
|De Saisset Museum - Admission Free!|