Exploratorium Mobile Exhibits at McLaren Park
by Steve Gennrich • November 8, 2014
McLaren Park is the second largest park in San Francisco (after Golden Gate Park) and was designed by Daniel Burnham in 1905, the year before he started developing the master plan for Chicago. In 2008, two Exploratorium Artists, Peter Richards and Susan Schwartzenberg, designed Philosopher's Way, a beautiful 3-mile walk around the park with provocative "Musing Stations" at interesting stopping points.
With support from Rec & Park and help from the Exploratorium Explainer program, the Studio for Public Spaces continues to experiment in the park. This summer, we brought exhibits to a bike race and a concert to talk with park-goers and observe how they interact with science exhibits in a park setting. We were surprised to see how quickly and enthusiastically young and old visitors started to use the exhibits without our prompting. The events and exhibits did seem to pull the surrounding community into the, often unused, center of the park. SPS is excited to continue prototying exhibit in McLaren Park and working with Rec & Park to bring science into these communities.
A reporter from the Chronicle spent some time with Allison and I and wrote a short piece on the event. Here's a link to their story.