As I've mentioned a few times, I've been trying to get out and do some fun activities that have been on my to-do list for far too long. The Peabody Essex Museum is one of those spots. I haven't been since I was like four and there's really no excuse. Only 35 minutes outside of Boston, it makes the perfect day trip- especially on a freezing cold day where I definitely didn't want to be outside.
What finally pulled the trigger for me was seeing a few shots online and on Instagram of Intersections by Anila Quayyum. Inspired by islamic architectural motifs, it casts beautifully intricate shadows across every surface of the room, immersing the viewer in a complete transcendental experience. Intersections creates 'a space for everyone', something that Quayyum didn't have as a young girl in Pakistan, facing strict gender conventions.
This exhibit alone made the trip worth while. Walking into this room is such an awe-inspiring, peaceful experience and one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I highly suggest you check it out!
Of course while we were there, we stopped in to check out all of the other exhibitions. Right down the street you can find Stickwork, by Patrick Dougherty. Dougherty crafted these amazing little huts out of twigs and branches and they're incredible architectural and beautiful.