In the years I have worked in the ANC, I have had a lot of people tell me about their favorite pieces of the center—the Build A Bird interactive, the Wrenchophone, the harbor seal that hung out in the mammals case during Eye Spy. I’ve also harbored a few secret favorites of my own, like the trio of eastern screech owls peering beadily from their crooked branch, or the scrimshaw piece that depicts Ben Franklin. (Why would you make a scrimshaw portrait of Ben Franklin? These are the stories I want to know!)
In that time, however, the other ANC staff and I have also heard a lot about things people have loved in the past, and things they wish we could bring back, or do more of, or explore in a different way. We’ve kept track, and considered all those assorted ideas and favorites in addition to the prototyping and surveying that I mentioned in my last post. We then worked all of that into our plans for the re-envisioning of the Art & Nature Center’s ongoing exhibition. Over the last year we’ve been mixing and matching, adding and rearranging, inventing and tweaking, until we were all really happy with the new plans.
So now, the checklist is set, the floor plans are shaping up, and the artworks are rattling their boxes, eager to leap onto walls and into drawers to be seen and admired by all.
(Okay, so that last part is a little bit of an exaggeration, but only because I can’t prove it’s true.) In that spirit, here are three sneak peeks at some new wonders to see when the ANC opens in October.
Take a good look, and make a guess in the comments below. Do you recognize any materials? Shapes? Artistic techniques? (Go wild, and I’ll post the answers in a few days.)
Mystery Object 1:
Mystery Object 2:
Mystery Object 3: