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Change your perception of color by flooding your eyes with colored light.
Where: This exhibit is not currently on view.
Situate yourself at just the right place in space in front of this parabolic mirror array and you’ll see dozens of your own eyeballs peering back at you.
Where: Bechtel Gallery 3: Seeing & Reflections
When the disk is spun, the colors you see are illusions. This effect was popularized in 1894 by toymaker C. E. Benham, who called his spinning disk an “artificial spectrum top."
Where: Crossroads: Getting Started
Gaze into the eyepiece at the blue light, looking for bright specks moving in short bursts against the background, and feeling your pulse as you watch them.
These tiles aren't really crooked–they just look that way.
Shadows made with laser light have light and dark bands.
Which of the outer dots best matches the center dot? Ask a few people and chances are you’ll get a few different answers.
Floater Theater is an intimate theatrical environment that whimsically prompts participants to explore the fascinating, commonly experienced phenomenon of eye floaters.
With the rope hanging down, the left and right sides of the board appear identical. Lifting the rope shows the dramatic difference that your eyes missed—and continue to miss, as soon as you let the rope fall again.
There’s more to seeing than meets the eye.
Where: Ray and Dagmar Dolby Atrium
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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