Firmament by Christopher Schardt

Tuesday, December 1, 2015–Sunday, January 10, 2016 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday nights

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Central Gallery

Included with museum admission

Gaze up at two diamond-shaped canopies comprised of 7,200 LEDs alight with images of shooting stars, Hubble Space Telescope photos, the aurora borealis, and other visions of the skies accompanied by soothing classical music. These kite-shaped pieces represent a fraction of the original Firmament built for Burning Man 2015, in which a 42-foot tower suspended a 10-foot high, 52-feet in diameter dome of 21,600 individually controllable LEDs.

This incarnation will be on view in the Central Gallery from Tuesday, December 1 through Sunday, January 10.

Christopher Schardt is an Oakland-based sculptor, computer programmer, and father. His past work includes kinetic fire art, a mutant vehicle, and EL wire pieces. He is the creator of LED Lab, the most widely used LED-controller iPad app. He enjoys seeing his work facilitating other artists’ pieces as well as his own.