Working with scientist Raphael Kudela of U.C. Santa Cruz’s Earth and Sciences department, the Outdoor team has been investigating the seemingly simple question: What color is the Bay?

"The Color of Water" installation consists of 32 distinct color swatches suspended below the rail and above the water so that visitors can actively match the day’s water color and investigate the causes behind these daily shifts. The exhibit will encourage visitors to view the Bay with a more discerning eye, understanding that ever-changing Bay dynamics affect the Bay’s color day to day, sometimes moment by moment.

The Exploratorium reopens to the public at our new location at Pier 15 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero on April 17.

Photos by Amy Snyder
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