well, presale ended up being absolute madness. all three of us were stuck in the online virtual waiting room for what seemed like eons, with a bazillion people ahead of us. and of course, when it seemed like our turn was finally coming up...the tickets sold out completely. bah.
a second chance at tickets about a month or so later ended up with the old lady managing to snag some for us to visit the museum during thanksgiving weekend. and so a day after spending some time at the happy place, we found ourselves battling downtown l.a. traffic again to get to the broad museum.
we'd chosen a later entry time with the hopes of avoiding long lines and huge crowds of people, and since we'd arrived about ten minutes ahead of time we somehow found ourselves right at the front of the line for the 5:45 ticket holders. score!
it didn't take long for the line to get pretty long behind us.
right at 5:45, we were then allowed to walk into the building and join the line to enter the same room that the girls and i had experienced before. the giant pink polka-dotted balls were quite the attraction.
and of course, there was time for a couple of selfies as we waited.
as we neared the front of the line, we came across the rules for the exhibit.
since i'm not very good at this art thing, i stopped to peruse the explanations of each exhibit.
when you know that you only have a 30-second window to take as many pictures as you can in a room, it's kind of a lot of pressure! most of mine ended up blurry, but i got at least one. and then when the room went dark, i knew our time was almost up.
and then it was time to move into the next room...which required standing in another line. at least it gave us time to read the description on the wall.
the next infinity room was inside this:
and was filled with more of those pink and black polka-dotted balloons, which we were instructed not to touch.
if 30 seconds inside that ball wasn't enough for you, there was a second, smaller ball near the exit that you could peek into for a look at a miniature version of what you'd just experienced.
this is what we saw next:
and then as we got into the next line, i spied this. hmmm.
and outside, even more.
more pretty lights (and my standard dorky pose).
the next room didn't allow photos or video inside, and you had to leave your phones and cameras in this bin:
it was rather similar to the other rooms, though - bright orange neon pumpkins with black polka dots and mirrors and i admit that by this time my eyes were starting to glaze over. the hub had completely lost interest by now and didn't even bother to go into this room. heh.
although we were all pretty amused/bemused by this:
and the next room was filled with pieces like this.
and then finally, the last room. i'd heard about this one, thanks to a post from sanrio that showed a tiny hello kitty figurine somewhere amongst the bright whiteness of the room. when each visitor was handed a small sheet of colorful polka dot stickers and invited to place them anywhere in the room.
when the exhibit first opened, it was completely white - no color anywhere, just clean and crisp and bare. but after what must have been thousands of visitors by the time we got there, it looked like this:
the bean had fun with those stickers, and the old lady managed to find poor little hello kitty hiding on a bookshelf, covered in stickers.
i actually have a few more pictures that i wanted to share, but it seems that after ten years of blogging (!!!), i've reached my limit for uploading photos to the blogger site. ack! i'm trying to figure out how to fix it - i've actually purchased extra storage space and am adjusting settings to size down photos that i upload from here on out. hopefully i can get it fixed in time for tomorrow's post.
or this could be my last hurrah. who knows.