A new head space
The Franklin Institute’s new US$41-million-dollar Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion in Philadelphia is hard to miss. Its façade is an ever-changing Shimmer Wall by internationally renowned artist Ned Kahn. It’s comprised of 10,824 clear anodized aluminum squares that are hinged on one side only so they move freely in the wind. The Squares look like waves during the day; they reflect a subtle light at night. The three storey, 5000-square-metre pavilion includes a climate-controlled gallery that’ll allow the institute to attract larger, more complex travelling exhibits, but its centerpiece is the permanent Your Brain exhibit, the largest of its kind in the US. Seventy interactive experiences cover 790 square metres; in one visitors climb through a two-storey structure simulating a neural network with lighting and sound effects that are triggered by footsteps. Adults US$18.50; kids 3 to 11 US$14.50. tel: (215) 448-1200; fi.edu.
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