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New Exploratorium Opens in San Francisco
published by NYT
Apr 17, 2013
Along with a series of free outdoor experiences, the exhibitions show a sense of the museum's character. A "Rickshaw Obscura" allows visitors to climb inside a dark chamber mounted on a bicycle cart to see an upside-down outdoor vista projected against a wall; the image, produced by a pinhole, demonstrates the workings of a classic camera obscura.
Another effective display: a 150-foot-long bridge between the piers has been temporarily outfitted by the artist Fujiko Nakaya with almost 900 jets from which fog is occasionally propelled, creating an immersive mist; it is eerily provocative, emerging in midday sunlight.