Discovery World


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This is a double helix sculpture that folds and unfolds itself in the middle of the circular stairway between floors. The lighting in this area on the first floor is brilliant and surreal, casting color everywhere, as you will see in photos to follow.

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There is a large curved bank of convex mirrors at the top  of the double helix stairs, the reflections in which change depending of course on where you stand. One mirror is out of whack and I wanted desperately to knock it back in place, but I resisted the urge.

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Summerfest is going on right now in Milwaukee and celebrating 45 years of the nation’s largest music festival, thus this exhibit featuring guitars of and/or signed by various musicians. Here we see guitars signed by B.B. King, Devo and Justin Bieber.

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Here is another wall full of signed guitars. Very pretty.

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Les Paul lived in Waukesha, a suburb just west of Milwaukee, and there is an entire area here dedicated to him and his guitars. This wall shows the steps, start to finish, that a hunk of wood goes through to become a Les Paul.

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This is signed by Les Paul, Jeff Beck, Edgar Winter and a whole bunch of other people whose names I can’t read and should have probably written down for the sake of this post. Oops.

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The colors seem to be embedded in the glass or plastic walls in here. It’s just crazy pretty and sort of messed up. One color will overlap another and make a third color and then you move and it all changes again based on new combinations. I’ve never taken psychadelic drugs, but this is what I imagine things might look like if I did. Kinda fun.

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Put coin in slot – push plunger. No thank you.

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Discovery World has a large section of various gears, pistons, motors, and wind up toys. These things all exhibit the ways in which various gears work to accomplish all sorts of interesting things. Some day I’d like to go back and take short videos of all the wind up toy scenarious. They are incredibly clever.  This skeleton stands up and then repeatedly beats the “dead” horse, who, though “dead”, continues to flinch and roll his eyes and head. Okay, they’re not all that creepy. Most are cute. Except maybe the one of the kitty drinking poisoned milk. He licks and licks and licks and then suddenly falls over. It’s all good. He gets up again.

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I can’t remember what this one did. Huh. And I call myself a dog lover.

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Here’s more of the funky colored walls and a couple kids looking at the scale. You can see the double helic stairway to the left.

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Near the guitar exhibit is this wall full of people and the question, “Am I the one?” This refers to a quote earlier in the area that claims that only 1 in 7 people are creative. It was like a taunt because of course it’s not true. Surely we are all creative . . . in some way, some just more loudly than others.

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