Over the Water
The Exploratorium’s location on a major civic promenade has inspired Over the Water, an annual program of large-scale temporary artworks for the public space. Each year, a curator of international renown works alongside the Exploratorium to select an artist to develop a project for the museum’s dynamic site on the edge of the city and the bay.
The most current (2014) installation in the Over the Series piece is We Make the Treasure, which invites exploration of the value of objects lost and recovered, above and below the water line. We Make the Treasure was curated by the Exploratorium’s Center for Art & Inquiry in collaboration with our Studio for Public Space. Nato Thompson, chief curator of Creative Time, in New York, served as advising curator.
For Over the Water’s 2013 inaugural project, the Exploratorium collaborated with architecture and design curator Henry Urbach, director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, to realize a special site-specific installation, Fog Bridge #72494, by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. Fog Bridge remains permanently on display at the Exploratorium.