Story by Jack Foley
THE creation of sand dunes, the formation of clouds, the bubbling of a hot spring, or the creation of a tornado: natural events like these reveal the powerful, complex and often beautiful patterns at work in the world.
These patterns are the subject of Turbulent Landscapes - a highly interactive art-science exhibition which will be showing at The Natural History Museum until September 15.
The exhibition is one for the adults as well as children, allowing visitors to experience natural phenomena on a human scale, while encouraging them to experiment with exhibits that are dynamic and thought provoking.
Turbulent Landscapes' features 19 interactive exhibits, representing the work of six international artists - Ned Kahn, Shawn Lani, Gail Wight, Michael Brown, Doug Hollis and Skip Sweeney. Using raw materials such as wind, water and sand, they explore the natural forces that shape our world.
Some exhibits are hands-on, such as Magnetic Field Stone, which encourages visitors to play with sand and watch it 'dance' in their hands. Elsewhere, contemplative pieces, such as A Single Drop, provide a more meditative environment where visitors can observe the beautiful ripples and patterns created by single drops of falling water.
A free audio guide will provide expert commentaries from scientists and further
exploration of the artistic and scientific processes that inspired the exhibits.
The exhibition is enhanced by a spectacular, specially commissioned aerial performance. Suspended from ropes and harnesses, Scarabeus Theatre interprets the natural phenomena through movement, light and sound. There will be three performances in the gallery at set times each day.
Turbulent Landscapes was initially created by The Exploratorium in San Francisco and has been developed to tour in Europe in collaboration with The Natural History Museum.
Turbulent Landscapes, Natural History Museum. Opening hours: (Daily) Monday
- Saturday 10am -5.50pm, Sunday 11am -5.50pm.
Exhibition charges: Adults £5, concessions £3, free to under 5s and NHM members. Public enquiries: 0207 942 5000
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To find out more about Ned Kahn, click here...
To find out more about the work of Gail Wright, click here...
For an insight into the work of Michael Brown, click here...
Further information about the work of Shawn Lani, Doug Hollis and Skip Sweeney is available from www.exploratorium.edu
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