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Pop-up art exhibit at Story Mill Park invites community to enjoy life-sized sculptures

Menagerie of the Imaginary on display at Story Mill Park until the end of the month
Posted at 9:06 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 11:06:24-05

BOZEMAN — Random Acts of Silliness, the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department, and a handful of creative local artists teamed to make the whimsical, the colorful, and the silly come to life.

“They all seem very excited. The kids seem thrilled. But it’s my favorite thing seeing how excited they are as they go up to every character,” said Dan Haywood, a local artist showing off his creature on display.

A self-guided tour around Story Mill Park will allow people of all ages to enjoy the different sculpture characters and their stories on display until the end of the month.

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Cristina Marian is a fine art artist in Bozeman, and allowed her imagination to run wild for her piece of a traveling man she calls Tutor.

“Looking back to last year and how we couldn’t travel. In a way Tutor invites people to see Bozeman as a traveler, you know, he has a small suitcase in his hand,” said Marian.

And then there’s Dug, another artist’s imaginary friend completely made out of cardboard.

“There are so many creative, clever characters around here. They’re all created on different mediums. That’s one thing that I really appreciated seeing what other artists did,” said Haywood.

Random Acts of Silliness is a children’s theater and immersive art company in Bozeman.

And since the start of the pandemic, they’ve been looking for ways to connect kids with storytelling, art, and silliness.

So they approached the city of Bozeman with their idea.

“It was a vision of Random Acts of Silliness. And they approached the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department about partnering and we knew right away that this was something we wanted to be a part of, said Jamie Saitta, recreation manager with the city of Bozeman.

So if you’re looking for a way to escape the normal, and immerse yourself in the silliness the Menagerie of the Imaginary is worth a visit.

You can find more information about the exhibit by visiting this website: https://www.randomactsofsilliness.com/