A Mirror Maze Opens at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Have you ever looked at the inside of a nautilus and wondered how nature came up with such a perfect pattern? Or wondered why a sunflower’s seeds are in nested spirals? Patterns and numbers hiding in plain sight are all around us and are featured in the new exhibition “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze,” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a mirror maze where guests can lose themselves in a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors.
At “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze,” guests will create, manipulate and experience patterns as they explore the ways nature organizes itself and inspires human designs from the Parthenon in Greece to Denver’s iconic “Big Blue Bear.”
Guests will enjoy identifying patterns in art, architecture and even their own bodies.
The elaborate mirror maze included in the exhibition provides a sea of equilateral triangle chambers that feel as if you’ve stepped into a kaleidoscope. The maze itself is a pattern, combining repetition, symmetry and tessellation.
Guests will learn about patterns by exploring fractal branching, spirals, Voronoi patterns, the Golden Ratio (φ) and more.
“This exhibition is unlike anything else we have hosted at the Museum,” said James Hagadorn, Ph.D., curator of “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze.” “The exhibition peels back some of the hidden structures in our surroundings. Through the exhibition, we learn to see patterns in our bodies, in nature and even in our bubble baths!”
The exhibition will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays until 9 p.m. through Sept. 19. A special, timed ticket is required for entry.
“Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze” was created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). This exhibition is made possible in Denver by Harriet S. Rosen.
The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. Information: dmns.org or 303-370-6000.
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