Greater City Providence

LUCKEY: a documentary Screening and Q&A

Over the summer I visited the Providence Children’s Museum to see their new playspace, the Climber. This Wednesday, at the Cable Car, their is a screening of a documentary about the creators of the Climber and other children’s playspaces around the country, Tom and Spencer Luckey.

Providence Children’s Museum presents two screenings of the provocative documentary film “LUCKEY” at Cable Car Cinema (204 South Main Street in Providence) on Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 and 8:45 PM. Tickets are $7.50; adult audience.

The film shares the story of Tom and Spencer Luckey, the father/son team of nationally acclaimed artists and architects from New Haven, CT who designed the vibrant new outdoor climbing sculpture that opened at Providence Children’s Museum this summer. Following both showings, audiences will meet Spencer Luckey during a Q&A.

Enabling sculptor Tom Luckey’s artistic vision after his devastating fall through a window at age 65 is a difficult proposition for his divided family. The Luckeys must cross delicate lines drawn long ago by divorce and remarriage while supporting Tom, fully paralyzed but with wacky personality intact, as he pursues building his biggest, most complicated sculpture yet at Boston Children’s Museum.

Tom enlists the help of his son Spencer to build the sculpture and, as they try to forge a working relationship from a complex father-son relationship, both push for their own vision. Their rivalry is creative – they argue over art, design, and execution – but they are also reeling emotionally because of Tom’s accident. Meanwhile, Tom also struggles to re-spark his romantic life with his wife Ettie as she and Spencer share the role of primary caretakers.

“LUCKEY” is an honest, transparent look at the dynamics of a family in crisis and a powerful portrait of an eccentric artist trying to create a new life in the wake of a devastating accident. To learn about the award-winning documentary and see a trailer, visit

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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