For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2011
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Rolling Through the Bay - on exhibit until June 18, 2011
Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio
Now - June 18, 2011 (Tues.-Sat.)
From now through June 18, 2011, visitors will be able to see an amazing kinetic sculptural homage to San Francisco in the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio. Composed of roughly 100,000 toothpicks and held together with Elmer’s Glue, artist Scott Weaver began Rolling Through the Bay in 1974 and has continued working on it for 34 years. He’s logged in approximately 3,000 hours of studio time with this rendering of San Francisco, and it keeps on growing.
Many of the toothpicks have been donated by friends and family of the artist, and come from around the world. As if the task of recreating a city from such delicate materials weren’t enough, it also has a kinetic feature: Several paths in which four ping-pong balls at a time can be seen rolling, looping and bouncing through the famous landmarks that make this sculpture recognizable as the “City by the Bay.” From the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts, to the Ferry Building, this whimsical landscape stands approximately nine feet wide and eight feet tall. For more on Scott Weaver, visit his website.
Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay from Learning Studio on Vimeo.
Also in the Tinkering Studio is another kinetic marvel, this one created by San Francisco-based artist Bernie Lubell. Party of the First Part was created in response to Scott Weaver’s need for building materials. The work consists of a stationary wooden bicycle that, when pedaled, allows for another participant to walk on a wooden treadmill. The movement created by visitors to the Tinkering Studio will help drive a mechanism that slowly sands a dowel rod into a toothpick. Numerous reduction pulley systems slow this process even further: It will take many participants to turn the dowel into a toothpick. If completed by the end of May, Lubell will present the toothpick to Weaver for use in Rolling Through the Bay.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 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.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
Leslie Patterson (415) 528-4377
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367