Boundaries: It All Happens at the Edge

Description:

Temporary exhibition at the Exploratorium about boundaries in the physical world and our every day lives. Part of the National Science Foundation project "Facilitating the Framework." Boundaries won First Prize in the 1998 American Association of Museums Award for Excellence in Exhibition.

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<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p>

Built with painters scaffolding, cardboard panels, and construction fencing, the design reinforced the boundaries theme. (photo © Exploratorium) 

<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p> thumbnail
<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p>

Scattered among the interactive exhibits, traffic signs reflected boundaries in everyday life. (photo © Exploratorium)

<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p> thumbnail
<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p>

Commissioned graffiti art embodied the notion of breaking boundaries. (photo © Exploratorium)

<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p> thumbnail
<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p>

At the Boundaries Bar, visitors could explore a variety of boundary materials, from egg shells to space shuttle tiles. (photo © Exploratorium)

<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p> thumbnail
<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p>

Because Boundaries was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.

<p>Because <em>Boundaries</em> was an exhibition organized around a conceptual THEME, unlike most of the exhibits at the Exploratorium, a lot of energy was spent reflecting upon the process and its inherent tensions.</p> thumbnail
Date:
1997
Role:
Director, Center for Public Exhibition; Exhibition Designer
Funders:
  • National Science Foundation #9355631
  • National Endowment for the Arts
Footprint:
5,000 square feet
Venue:
  • Exploratorium
Collaborators:
Dr. Thomas Humphrey, Jan Davidson