Mickey Blue Eyes (Hyde Park)

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.” – Audrey Hepburn

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A German theoretical physicist once said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”. Knowledge, in all its theoretical facts and tactile findings, is limited to what we know and understand. Imagination, on the other hand, embraces the entire world and its cosmic novelties and pursues after what will be to know and understand. As a logic-centric person working in Finance, having to meander through facts and figures on a daily basis, there’s very little room for imagination. Mind you, few are the nuances in creating pivot tables and executing formulas. So other than fine-tuning my creative senses with Feline Creatures as a writing outlet (journalism school was a route once untaken), I gravitate towards museum exhibits and art galleries for aesthetically-stimulating finds that evoke and funnel my imagination.

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Living in Chicago, where there’s a myriad of historical and cultural attractions every week, is a blessing given my post-TGIF itineraries are never bland nor idle. I had a fun and insightful experience this week at the Museum of Science and Technology located in the Hyde Park district. Boasting as the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, which features over 2,000 state-of-the-art exhibits displayed in 75 major halls, the museum was like a mass educational playground. Want to know what’s at the bottom of a mine shaft? Visit the full-size replica coal mine exhibit. A marine aficionado? Take a look at the German submarine (U-505) seized during World War II. Want to know how commodities are shipped from the Midwest through the Plains States and Rockies to its final destination in the Pacific Northwest? Watch the miniature trains pedal on a 3,500-square-foot model railroad from Seattle to Chicago. Or be cosmically inquisitive like me and pace through the Apollo 8 spacecraft exhibit, only to be in awe of the apparatus that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon (it still amazes me how one can defy gravity and float in space. I guess on Earth we call that skydiving on a trampoline).

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As a fan of the iconic Mickey Mouse donned in white gloves and red shorts, I couldn’t pass up the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives”. The exhibition brought to life Disney’s imagination and artistry with nearly 300 artifacts including clips of Walt Disney’s pre-Mickey animated works (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit anyone?), and props and costumes in feature films like Pirates of the Caribbean. We watched the visionary concepts blossom from sketches to inked paintings to black and white films to its first animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was tried and tested on Disney’s revolutionary multi-plane film camera. My trip came to a creative halt when my drawing skills were put to the test at the Disney Academy, suitable for kids and kiddish adults like me who learned how to draw Disney characters with a trained illustrator (white-gloved esprit de corps aside, I conjured up a decent sketch of Donald Duck!)

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Life is short and sweet, so why not put on those Mickey ears, unwind the clock for two decades, and have some fun relishing in those beloved Disney memories? 🙂

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Xoxo~ Lena

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Shirt: H&M// Pants: Hudson// Glasses: Prada// Bag: Louis Vuitton// Sweater: Zara

Credits: Jason J Photography http://jasonjphotography.zenfolio.com