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Monkey Around with Homouroboros at the Exploratorium

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October 14, 2013

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Monkey Around with Homouroboros at the Exploratorium

Spectacular interactive sculpture by Peter Hudson at Exploratorium for limited engagement

October 24-November 18, 2013

Photo by mike-orso.com

The Exploratorium, in collaboration with the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), will bring Homouroboros, large-scale interactive zoetrope by San Francisco artist Peter Hudson, to the public plaza at Pier 15 for a limited engagement, October 24 through November 18, 2013. The work will be on exhibit for the launch of the Bay Area Science Festival on October 24, and available for public interaction from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 

At 24 feet tall, the work’s tree-like steel frame and mushroom-cloud-shaped canopy is an attention-getter. 18 human-sized monkeys dangle from its branches. By pounding on drums built into the base of the trunk, visitors cause the top of the tree to spin, turning the monkeys on their branches into a vision-bending arboreal escapade. Strobe lights at night, and special goggles during the day, complete the Homouroboros experience – a phenomenon of the eye called “persistence of vision” that turns the 18 monkeys into a three-dimensional motion picture. The monkeys appear as a single, animated monkey, snatching an apple from the mouth of a serpent slithering down a branch. Close inspection reveals that the mouth of the serpent is really in the shape of a human hand.

"The phenomenon inherent in the piece is resonant with many exhibits we have in the museum," says Melissa Alexander, Director of Public Programs at the Exploratorium.  "But one of the things that makes it so appealing is not visibly apparent, but no less inspiring. Peter [Hudson] is always quick to tell you he doesn't do this by himself, it’s a collaborative effort. Perhaps that’s what excites us the most about Peter and his work - he attracts a wonderful army of creative volunteers who organize around him to bring each of his pieces to fruition. It's another way to think about art, community and civic participation." 

Self-identified as a “blue-collar artist,” Hudson created Homouroboros with the help of more than 50 volunteers for Burning Man 2007. The Huffington Post called Homouroboros one of the 16 Awe-Inspiring Art Installations from Burning Man. The project received support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), which is also co-presenting the exhibition of Homouroboros at the Exploratorium.  

"We are thrilled to support the exhibition of Peter Hudson's wonderful and whimsical work in front of the Exploratorium,” says Tomas McCabe, Executive Director of the Black Rock Arts Foundation. “It creates a great opportunity to extend the audience for the work, and to captivate the residents and tourists on San Francisco's waterfront."

About Peter Hudson
Peter Hudson is a San Francisco visual artist who channels his technical and set design experience, childlike curiosity, and creative passion into life-size stroboscopic zoetropes. In 2000, Peter debuted his first major installation, Playa Swimmers at Burning Man, the world-renowned weeklong annual art festival in the Nevada desert. 2002 ushered in the large scale, stroboscopic zoetropes for which Peter has become known. To date, Hudson has created 7 large-scale installations at Burning Man, some of which, including Homouroboros, have been exhibited in other civic spaces. To learn more about Hudson’s work go to www.hudzodesign.com

About Black Rock Arts Foundation
The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) was founded by several of the partners who founded and produce Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the Nevada desert. At Burning Man, we observe how art brings people together, inspires participation and engenders meaningful connections between individuals. The art experienced at Burning Man invites individuals to interact with both the work itself and with their community at large. BRAF was established to bring this modality of creating and coexisting with art to the rest of the world, with the vision that community-driven, inclusive, and interactive art is vital to a thriving culture. The foundation received its 501(c)3 status in November of 2001. Through Grants to Artists and Civic Arts programs, BRAF works with communities in the Bay Area and around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant and pioneering works of public art that build community and empower individuals. The mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation is to support and promote community, interactive art and civic participation. www.blackrockarts.org

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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