Magic Wave by Artist Reuben Margolin

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“The “Magic Wave” at the Swiss Science Center Technorama is one of the most complex kinetic sculptures in the world and the masterpiece of the artist Reuben Margolin from California. A net of 450 aluminium bars is transformed into a dynamic wave landscape powered by a marvellous mechanical mechanism that turns 4 circular movements into 4 sine waves of different …

Artists, Science and Museums on LinkedIn

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I have started a group on LinkedIn called “Artists, Science and Museums”. Click to join LinkedIn Link: A networking group for artists, designers and museum professionals working in the field of Science Centers and Children’s Museums to share ideas about incorporating sculpture into science exhibitions.

The Charles and Ray Eames Solar Do-Nothing Machine, 1957

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The Eames “Do-Nothing Machine” is one of my favorite sculptures. Ray and Charles Eames on Wikapedia Exhibition design of Ray and Charles Eames Textiles and Ornamental Arts of India (1955) Glimpses of the USA (seven screens for the American exhibition in Moscow, Sokoolniki Park) (1959) Mathematica (for IBM) (1961) IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair Nehru: The …

Museum Exhibition Audit

Mark WalhimerExhibition Costs, Exhibition Reviews, Hands On Exhibits, Interactive Exhibit Philosophy, Kinetic Sculpture, Museum Public Programming Leave a Comment

I am currently in Saigon, Vietnam, and visited the War Remnants Museum, a very powerful experience! As I am walking through the Museum I keep noticing small issues that are easily changed, but have a large impact on the visitor experience such as lighting, wayfinding and heights of graphic panels. Recently I have completed an exhibition audit for the Mobius …

Heritance, the Open Museum People

Mark WalhimerKinetic Sculpture, Museum Governance, Museum Resources Leave a Comment

Just learned about Heritance, love their thinking.  Check out the online museum – Mark Walhimer Heritance Website From Heritance website: “Heritance promotes open museum practices that foster diversity and good governance. Heritance promotes open museum practices through Open Museum (OMo), a free web site and global museum that allows museums to create dynamic exhibits that support (encourage!) visitor co-creation. …


Mark WalhimerEmerging Technologies, Interactive, Kinetic Sculpture, Museum Public Programming, Science Center Leave a Comment Hackerspaces are communites of people that gather for “Do it yourself projects” or Maker Movement projects. Most science centers lose visitors at age 12, Hackerspaces is a great way to extend participation for teenagers and adults. Read Museum 2.0 article for more information Machine Project Loves Me from Jeremy Quinn on Vimeo. Machine Project 1200 D North Alvarado Los …

Kinetic Sculptor – Reuben Margolin

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Reuben Margolin, a Bay Area visionary and longtime maker, creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reubens artwork is diverse, with sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked. Focusing on natural elements like a discrete water droplet or a powerful ocean eddy, his work is elegant and hypnotic. …

Exploratorium – Reflections exhibition

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Click Image for video The Exploratorium 3601 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 563-7337 June 19, 2009-September 20, 2009, Daniel Rozin at the Seeing Gallery of the Exploratorium “The Seeing Gallery is part of the Seeing collection on display at the Exploratorium. The gallery showcases exhibits exploring artists’ perspectives on seeing and perception. This summer’s Reflections exhibition features the …

Emerging Technologies for Museums / Science Centers Part I

Mark WalhimerEmerging Technologies, Exhibition Reviews, Hands On Exhibits, Interactive, Interactive Exhibit Philosophy, Kinetic Sculpture Leave a Comment

First in a series on interactivity in Museums and Science Centers There are several conferences where emerging technologies for museums is exhibited: Association of Science and Technologies Siggraph InfoComm Maker Faire