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Rickshaw Obscura

Rickshaw Obscura

What’s got three wheels, one door, and vivid upside-down views of San Francisco’s Embarcadero? You guessed it: the Rickshaw Obscura. “It’s a variation on the classic camera obscura,” explains exhibit developer Eric Diamond, “but it’s mounted on a three-wheeled bike.”  The custom-built creation weighs 1000 pounds with a couple of passengers but is surprisingly easy to pedal. “Thankfully, it’s pretty flat around here,” adds Diamond, who was inspired by tales of a van-based camera obscura built by artist—and Exploratorium legend—Bob Miller.