When I was a kid, I’d imagine becoming very small and being able to step right into the wonderful illustrated settings of some books. I think experiencing the exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic—hosted by the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut—must be the next best thing! What intriguing, magical worlds Wick creates.
Walter Wick working on a set for Can You See
What I See? Once Upon a Time
Walter Wick’s Puss in Boots from Can You See
What I See? Once Upon a Time (2006; pigmented
inkjet photograph, 60×36)
Walter Wick is the inventive photographer for the I Spy and Can You See What I See? children’s books—both best-selling series from Scholastic. The exhibition, organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art and running through January 29, 2009, includes more than 60 of Wick’s photographs, enlarged to five or six feet wide. Viewers will also be able to enjoy examples of his intricate three-dimensional models, including some original sets from Wick’s newest book, Can You See What I See? On a Scary Night, published in August of this year.