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Tinkering Tinkerer: Shawn Lani

Shawn Lani

Shawn Lani is a senior artist at the Exploratorium. Most recently, Shawn worked as lead developer for the Outdoor Exploratorium, a series of interactive exhibits at San Francisco’s Ft. Mason designed to help visitors explore the subtle phenomena of the everyday world and the complex systems at play in outdoor environments.

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His work can be summarized as a collection of curios created as accessible objects of wonder; mysterious yet navigable. Ideally, interacting with them leads to the type of investigations common to both scientists and artists: noticing details, asking questions, and exploring phenomena. Shawn is also an accomplished regional artist with large-scale water sculptures in downtown San Francisco and pieces on permanent display in over forty national and international venues. He received a design award from the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects for his work with fellow Exploratorium artists on a monumental kinetic building facade. In the Tinkering Studio, he installed beautiful strobing flowers made of plastic bags.