Over the Water: Public Works at the Exploratorium
Most recently, the Exploratorium commissioned San Francisco artist Douglas Hollis to create Archimedes, a reimagined edition of a beloved Exploratorium exhibit, Listening Vessels. Made of cast bronze and installed in the Exploratorium Plaza, Archimedes is comprised of two, eight-foot diameter dish-like chairs placed 80 feet apart. When participants sit opposite each other, the sound coming from each reflector is focused, allowing then to clearly hear each other's voice and ambient sounds of the Embarcadero promenade. Archimedes is available to the public at all hours in the Exploratorium Plaza.
Over the Water's inaugural project, Fog Bridge #72494 stretches across the 150-foot-long pedestrian bridge that spans the water between Piers 15 and 17. Realized in collaboration with architectural design curator Henry Urbach, Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Bridge creates an immersive environment that shrouds participants in mist and puts their own senses, perception, and surroundings at the center of their experience. The Fog Bridge is active during the Exploratorium's open hours, daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. As well, Fog Bridge is active at 7 p.m. during After Dark Thursdays.
There is no admission to view and experience Over the Water public exhibits.
The Exploratorium is conviently located on the Embarcadero, near PIER 39, the Financial District, and the Ferry Building. To Start planning your visit, and to purchase tickets for the Exploratorium's more than 650 hands-on exhibits indoors, click here.