Two Blue Men Open Up Nursery School

September 19, 2007 at 10:39 am (amazing things, neat things) ()

If you’ve been lucky enough to see the Blue Man Group in action, then I don’t need to assure you that they really do live up to their reputation of being far and beyond unbelievably awesome. Now, a select group of toddlers may enjoy the benefits of existing inside of the environment created by the group on a regular basis.

Every day at the center will end with a ritual called Glow Time, during which the shades are lowered, the regular lights are turned off, and black lights are turned on, illuminating the parts of the room (including work created by the students) that have been painted with special UV paint. The collection of Blue Man-inspired educational gewgaws on hand is a far cry from flash cards and Play-Doh. There’s a hypnotic Bubble Machine, with kid-controlled colored lights; a futuristic Water Machine, with a mini-whirlpool; and a trippy installation, left over from the B.M.G.’s 2003 tour, of giant computer-animated dragonflies that can be made to light up, flap their wings, and fly. The Tree House, whose slide deposits kids in the Texture Pit, looks like fun. So does the OMi-Beam machine, a computerized rig made up of eight ceiling-mounted halogen lamps, loudspeakers, and a video monitor (there is only one other OMi-Beam machine in the country, at Madame Tussaud’s). Colored beams create pools of light on the floor, and by waving a reflective wand through the beams kids can produce any number of sounds, from musical instruments to the calls of barnyard animals and samples of pop hits from the nineteen-eighties (one is Fatboy Slim’s “Rockafeller Skank”).

The blue men have plans to slowly extend the school through fifth grade. If only they’d extend it through college…!

Via Boing Boing.

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1 Comment

  1. Daisy said,

    Fuck yes!

    We should copy all their methods when we’re educating the 80 Proof children.

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