Using live data from the NOAA tide station near the Golden Gate Bridge, the twenty-four soaring columns in this exhibit display San Francisco Bay tide heights for the current day. As each hour ends, another column is locked off, preserving the tide height for that particular hour. Visitors can see the rising and falling tidal pattern—and contemplate the significance of the tides.
In the celebrated film Still Life, an impossibly beautiful bowl of fruit decays at an accelerated pace via time-lapse editing, transforming a timeless scene into a visceral memento mori. The work has been placed in close proximity to Energy from Death, a floor exhibit concerning decay and the transfer of energy from one form to another. On loan from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection.
Conklin spent several weeks observing the Exploratorium's life sciences laboratory and produced a number of original works that capture the inner workings of the facility. Beyond hand-rendered “portraits” of the many organisms cultured in the lab, Conklin successfully and beautifully captured the process and practices of staff biologists.
Developed by artist Michael Brown in collaboration with reclaimed wood specialist Evan Shively, Douglas has been created out of a several-hundred-year-old Douglas fir split down the center to reveal its rings, immersing visitors in a fascinating study of dendrochronology. The wood of the tree forms the walls of an intimate, contemplative space with a center bench. The enormous, lacy root structure compels visitors to appreciate the complexity and sheer enormity of this grand, once-living organism.