Taking that long drive down I-95 over the holidays? If you have kids in the car and you’re passing Baltimore, consider a detour to the Walters Art Museum to see the Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic show before it closes January 2.

All parents and children know Wicks’ work even if they don’t recognize his name: he’s the mastermind behind the colorful, intricate, and endlessly entertaining book series I Spy and Can You See What I See? Besides 47 large-format photos, the exhibition includes five of the intricate set pieces built by Wick to photograph for the books. The whimsical (and occasionally creepy) assemblages offer a glimpse into the obsessive and patient artist behind the work.

- Yikes! (detail) from I Spy Fantasy, © 1994 Walter Wick

- On a Scary Scary Shelf (detail) from Can You See What I See? On A Scary Scary Night, © 2007 Walter Wick

- The Three Little Pigs (detail) from Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time, © 2006 Walter Wick.

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