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Chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza restaurant is known for elegance and sophistication in his modern Moroccan dishes but often finds inspiration in simple things and unlikely places. In this journey behind the kitchen door, we shadow his entire process as he follows his heart from farm to table. The process is a solid team effort, from Lahlou's special relationships with the people who grow the food to the collaborative kitchen environment that he cultivates. We witness Chef Lahlou blend art and science, and precision and innovation, in his quest to create a plate that is elegant, surprising, and true to its ingredients.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: August 10, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:04:40
Astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins's journey to the stars began with two chance moments of enchantment with celestial bodies in her native Argentina. Inspired by the mystery of the sky, she went on to study physics and astronomy in California and then to work for 20 years as a research astronomer at UC Berkeley. Now retired from research and devoted to inciting a love of the stars and sky in young people, Dr. Hawkins reflects on her own initial moments of inspiration, on sharing her love of stars with others, and on how astronomy can, and should, remind us of our connection to one another, under a canopy of mystery.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 30, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:05:08

The Wave Organ is a wave-activated sound sculpture located at the end of a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It was created by artist Peter Richards and master stonemason George Gonzalez in 1986.

The installation is an unlikely sight: a collection of curbstones and cemetery stones that appear in the Bay like an ancient ruin or a strange dream. In this unusual place of discovery and contemplation, the musical phenomenon is only part of the point.

In this audio slideshow, Peter Richards, now a senior artist at the Exploratorium, shares his inspiration for creating this piece and explores its function as a theater in which many different kinds of human experiences unfold.



Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 16, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art