WHISPERING DISHES focus sound. People are surprised to find they can talk clearly with someone in the other dish, above the din of the city.
The dishes are based on an original exhibit by artist Doug Hollis that has been a favorite of Exploratorium visitors for years. In modifying it for this site, we built a version out of concrete-covered foam, making it both portable and durable. We’ve watched complete strangers having conversations here, then showing new people how to work the effect. Musicians have discovered that each dish is a personal amphitheater.
This exhibit is part of the collection: