A recent trip to London gave me an opportunity to revisit Good Grief, Charlie Brown! at my own pace, rather than racing through showing it to others (see my previous blog post). The exhibition has received numerous positive reviews and has been well-received by visitors. This was especially evident as I wandered through the interactive area during my visit.
The message above was captured in Marcus Coates’s interactive installation, Who Knows?. I refer to the area as “End Game” because at the end of the Somerset exhibition, it invites visitors to draw their own Peanuts panel, to add to Snoopy’s infamous opening line “It was a dark and stormy night,” or to ponder their own life questions, and display them in the exhibition.
Visitors can use the light tables to trace Peanuts characters or add their own to their panels or stories. I was excited to see the light table crowded with visitors, all working intently.
They can also come up with their own “It was a dark and stormy night” stories and display them in the various typewriters on the wall.
Here is one visitor’s story that I particularly enjoyed:I was so impressed with the visitors’ drawings and questions, I thought I would share a few with you:
Isn’t it amazing how closely these writers have channeled the essence of Peanuts?
Good Grief, Charlie Brown is on view at Somerset House in London now through March 3, 2019.