Visiting This One Place In Pennsylvania Is Like Experiencing A Dream

To put it simply, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh is a contemporary art museum, but really it is so much more than just that. The museum strives to support and work with living artists who have big ideas – ideas that at first might not seem possible to achieve. As a visitor to the Mattress Factory, you will wonder how some of its art came to exist – both as an idea, and in reality.

My favorite piece of art at the Mattress Factory takes up almost the entire building adjacent to the rest of the museum. Chiharu Shiota’s “Trace of Memory” explores ideas of memories by taking every-day objects like books, chairs, and a wedding dress, and encasing them, along with an entire house, in a massive web of yarn. The installation is hauntingly beautiful to walk through; and it’s only on view until May 29, 2016.

Even if you’re not a fan of modern art, the Mattress Factory has plenty of exhibitions that are simply fun to experience – the immersive, often interactive environment is unlike any other place you’ll ever visit. Have you ever been here?