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Using “cutting-edge museum technology,” Mystic Seaport’s new exhibit will transport visitors to Alaska via “Murmur: Arctic Realities.”
That’s the word from Mystic spokesman Dan McFadden. The exhibit “is a large, kinetic sculpture installation that represents an Alaskan pingo, or ice hill. It also has a mixed reality component where people can don a Microsoft HoloLens headset and be transported virtually to the Arctic. The latter part is pretty cutting edge for museums and we are excited to experiment in this area.”
In a news release, the museum said the installation is by Seattle-based artist John Grade, who “is known for large-scale projects that bring aspects of the natural world to the exhibition location. For ‘Murmur,’ he is using salvaged Alaskan yellow cedar to create an intricately carved sculpture (15 feet by 38 feet by 42 feet) that represents a pingo … that grows over centuries in the Arctic’s highest latitudes, then collapses, pockmarking the tundra.
“This sculpture simulates an actual pingo in Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve mapped by Grade using photogrammetry. Visitors will not only witness the pingo’s impressive scale, but will be able to enter inside the sculpture as its walls open and close, mimicking the hill’s life cycle.”
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave. Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 23. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $18.95 for ages 4-14. 888-973-2767, mysticseaport.org