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Houston’s interactive exhibit moment is not over just yet. Remember Movietopia & Candytopia? We have Color Factory joining this trend, and they are here in Houston! How exciting? It’s located in the Upper Kirby neighborhood, and the exact address is 3303 Kirby Drive. It’s open right now and will continue staying throughout this winter! Tickets are $38 for adults and $28 for kids 12 and under. I was invited to their preview event and here's what you can expect at Color Factory!
A little story behind how Color Factory was started... It was first debuted in San Francisco in 2017 and in New York in 2018. Since then, this celebration of color and creativity has been loved by so many people. That’s why Color Factory decided to keep the colorful moments by coming to Houston. But why Houston, TX out of all the other big cities? Well, "Houston is awesome, that's why, " is what I would say. As Color Factory CEO Jeff Lind puts, “it’s one of the best-kept secrets in the United States.” “Houston has all the cool things of a big city, affordable wages, great people and accessibility to almost everything. It’s just an awesome place.” -- We agree!
I was so happy to see My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream at the preview event because their mochi ice cream is so bomb! Once you taste the mochi ice cream, you will just keep eating, because this bite-sized dessert is so sweet and chewy. They have so many tasty flavors, so you should definitely try it!
Don't forget to register your email and receive a token. This machine will be at every station in Color Factory where it will send you all the photos you take from the designated spots. How awesome is that, I mean even if you enjoy taking selfies, nothing is better like someone taking photos for you and your friends and sending it right to your phone!
You guys definitely need to try those macarons, it's from Houston's local dessert shop, SWEET! There were at least 10 flavors and they were soft and delicious. The one on the left bottom is Hall of Fame by Carra Sykes, Texas-based designer and illustrator. There are several championship flags, but my favorite was the world's kindest heart one!
Isn't this art installation beautiful? Unwoven Light weaved a chain-ink fence form with iridescent gloss diamonds. "Iridescence is an illusion that makes an object look like its changing colors. What seems like magic is really a light trick" says Soo Sunny Park, a Korean-American artist. You can see the sunlight moving through the room as the day goes on, creating a dance of colors, shadows and reflection.
The next are Thought Bubbles. Created by artists Richard Harvey & Keivor John, this interactive installation invites you to play with giant levitating spheres. This installation uses the Bernoulli Principle, which lets the spheres float on colums of high flow, low pressure air. Another thing to learn from this fun installation are the quotes you see on the bottom. These are written by Project Color Corps student. Project Color Corps is a non-profit that utilizes color education to revitalize schools and explores how color makes us feel. This year, Color Factory is collaborating on their Random Act of Color project.
You cannot forget the Confetti, Night Bright, and You Are Magic. Night Bright is filled with toys where you can create your own design. We tried making a heart but it didn't look as good as I thought it would be. Quick tip, taking photos without making any shape looks better in photos... You Are Magic was quite magical. You can brighten this interactive installation from little as two people to as many people in your group. It's really fun and beautiful, I definitely recommend you to try this out!
Andy J. Miller and Andrew Neyer collaborated on this large-scale black and white murals, leaving the coloring up to us! These five-foot-long blue markers were heavier than I thought, but it was memorable. It is difficult to actually color or write anything, but I love the idea of this . Did you know, the illustrators created this installation for Color Factory, inspired by all the things blue?
Then, there's Complementary Compliments by Christine Wang Yap. She invites us to exercise our creativity with two primary ingredients, a guiding worksheet and a human connection. This is somewhat fun and silly, but I think it would be even better if you did it with someone you don't know. Her work explores interdependence and as she portraits, "Houstonians are known for their southern hospitality where people are never afraid to smile at a stranger or offer a compliment". So I guess it makes more sense to try it with a stranger and see how the results come out!
This is the scent chamber, where you can smell all types of scents like buttery popcorn for example. However, I couldn't really smell 80% of the scents due to the wall paint smell. I hope they work on this chamber regarding this as the scent should be the most important part here. Aside of the experience, I was totally in love with the colorful design. It also reminded me of Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom, the second floor girls' lavatory, from Harry Potter.
To honor the 50th anniversary at the Lunar Landing, Color Factory Houston partnered with NASA to create this ball pit. The theme is inspired by the moon and galaxy. It looks beautiful but once you step inside the ball pit, it's lowkey painful. You can barely walk and it's a crazy workout to be honest. But I like the concept and it's cute. They also have Color Factory merchandise at the end.
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