It’s Thursday, so that means we have to throwback. Here’s an early Exploratorium exhibition, “Limbic System” by artist Tad Bridenthal. Visitors crawled into an infinitely reflecting, dodecahedron sculpture. Each of the twelve sides and twenty vertices featured colored lights and mirrors. We think it was up around 1971. The last shot is of the exterior.
Take a close look at some funky fungi. Recently MycoWorks shared their mycelium-driven sustainable design solutions on our Pier 15 Plaza.
Mycotecture, a term coined by Philip Ross in 2007, is architecture grown from mushroom mycelium - the vegetative part fungus, sometimes underground and unseen. Similar to synthetic open-cell foams such as polystyrene, Mycelium materials are compostable and can serve carbon-sequestering. Myco-Works is developing ”standards for mycelium composites and their application as energy- and cost-efficient alternatives to synthetic polymer materials.”
Behind the scenes at the Exploratorium staff offices, you’ll find curious artifacts like this. This guy has travelled with us from the vaults of our old location to Pier 15. Rumor has it that it’s an original NASA early-Apollo era demo suit!
Gentle Brainby Eugene Krivoruchko is “an interactive piece about the fleeting nature of digital pleasures.” It is written in Processing and brought to the browser with processingjs. See the code here. Finding the work in a news feed makes the piece all the more compelling.
Come ooooo and ahhhh at the science behind these big booms! Where do fireworks come from? Who invented them? What causes their beautiful colors, and how do the bursting shells create such different patterns? Join us for some real illumination, and learn the difference between a jerb and a lance. See the promo video here.
FROGS! They provided us with the first reliable pregnancy tests, donned rubber pants in the name of research (amphibian prophylactics), and appeared in many high school biology dissections (RIP). Here our Microscope Imaging Station highlights fertilization and cell division - two stages of the Xenopus Laevis or African clawed frog development.
Can you spot the unfertilized egg in the first image?