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Hayes Valley Farm is a community-run farm on a former freeway
in the middle of San Francisco. The land was slated for condo
development but the plan was put off when the economy slumped.
Out of the ashes of that dream arose a utopia of a different sort; a
suspended reality where fruit trees are grown on what was once a
freeway on-ramp choked with cars. Now there are flowers growing
out of the double yellow lines, and constant opportunities for
children and adults to learn how to grow food and to get dirty doing
it. Although the farm has only an "interim use" permit, meaning
that it can't last forever, farmers Zoey Kroll and Jay Rosenberg
know that the enduring harvest of this project--the truth that even
the most outlandish-sounding things are possible if we make them
so--will far outlive the farm itself.
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
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.
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