Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Wonder of Light: Touch and Learn

Where: Smithsonian Castle

When: through February 6, 2012

This display is in the Great Hall of the Castle, in an exhibit case by the doorway out to the Haupt Garden.  Contained in the case are various items from the Smithsonian collections that involve light, along with information about where to go to get more information.  There seemed to be an interactive component to this, but I couldn't figure out how to get it to work, so that part was lost on me.

One of the items was a painting entitled Sunlihgt and Shadow by Allan Rohan Crite.  He used dabs of white paint to denote the light filtered through the trees - it's a very effective technique.  I learned that the Smithsonian Astrophysical Laboratory used to be located behind the Castle - now it's in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The area that now contains the Haupt Garden has had an interesting history - at one point, bison were living there!

Verdict: I'm not sure how successful this exhibit will be - it's quite easy to overlook, I must admit.  If you're walking through the Castle anyway, have a look, otherwise, you're not missing much if you don't see it.

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