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Curiouser and Curiouser

 

 

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​ARTIST:            Mary Lucking (Phoenix, AZ)
DATE:                 2011
LOCATION:       Arizona Science Center lobby, 600 E. Washington, 85004
TYPE:  Interactive
MATERIALS:  Steal, electronics
BUDGET:           $ 200,000
ZIP CODE:         85004


Visitors entering the new lobby of the Arizona Science Center will encounter an aluminum sculpture of an oversized telescope.  Looking into the eyepieces, people see a series of short video clips: flying through around the Arizona landscape, into our night sky, zooming into a microscopic slide, and watching weather change and buildings grow:  a mile-a-minute tour through the world of science, and the world of the museum.  Inside each eyepiece, there is also a small camera taking video of the viewers' eyes as they watch the videos.  As visitors continue into the lobby, giant versions of the microscope and telescope descend from the ceiling, as if puncturing through the roof from above and looking down at the lobby space.  Looking into the lenses of these scopes, visitors see large eyes looking at them (live video feed from the cameras) as if they were the ones being examined.