For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2008
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Oops! A Make-Break Fest
July 1-August 26, 2007
Are you a do-it-yourselfer, or are you afraid to do it yourself, but wish you weren't? Come to the Exploratorium this summer to try the stuff you might not do by yourself at home.
Whether you're skilled at soldering or still scared of your toolkit, don't miss Oops! A Make-Break Fest. That's "oops" as in making things, breaking things, and even putting things back together again. It is a series of summer funshops for the "maker" in all of us. Oops! A Make-Break Fest is free with admission to the Exploratorium. For future details, check www.exploratorium.edu/summer07
At Oops!, experience many kinds of interactions as you try and make stuff -- solders, screws, burns, pours, pushes and pulls, stitches, grinds, each one contributing to a distinct sense of accomplishment. Unless it breaks. Or especially if it breaks. Where else will you experience the unadulterated fun and emotion, the thrill and the challenge of stripping a car to its bare bones, or make home-made scientific toys? Better yet, if you can dream it, the Exploratorium will help you make it.
Simultaneous to Oops!, the Exploratorium presents a new work by Scotsman and artist Aeneas Wilder, who has spent the past five years erecting towering sculptures of fragile bits of wood without any nails or adhesive and then kicking them apart. It seems like an exercise in futility, but it’s actually a powerful lesson in making and breaking and impermanence. The public can observe Wilder, known for transient artworks that are architectural-like structures, stacked and balanced, but never fastened, create Untitled No. 128 out of wood. In the Exploratorium’s Seeing Gallery, Wilder makes Untitled No. 128 from July 17-July 27. The new work will then be on view from July 27-September 3, 2007. The public can catch Wilder building his sculpture, laboriously adding to it day by day, through the ten-day building process. On Labor Day, September 3 at 4pm, the Exploratorium will break the sculpture, watching the piece that represents copious hours of labor and focused attention fall to the floor, reduced to the materials it originated from. This work is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367