Wednesday, August 22, 2018

a Retrospective of Science Center Sketches on Exhibit

Since 2009, I have been going to the Orlando Science Center to sketch exhibits, galas and events. On the third floor I now have 32 pieces framed and  lining the walls that are a retrospective of the sketches done over the years. My Analog Artist Digital World exhibit is up through October 23, 2018 so there is plenty of time to stop by.

The opening of my exhibit lined up with Science Night Live which is an evening where adults get to imbibe and interact with the exhibits which are usually reserved for the kids. My exhibit is in the halls that overlook Hall of Heroes. Many of my sketches over the years were done from this upper vantage point. Sketching this "god's eye view" offers some privacy allowing enough time to get each sketch done.

Hall of Heroes is a traveling exhibit which allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of superheroes, crime fighters, gadgets and spies. Guests journey through several different themed environments with surprises around every corner. Visitors of all ages will love this exhibit that combines science and science fiction and lets you discover your own super strengths. The Hall of Heroes Exhibit comes down September 3, 2018.

On the night of my opening, I invited about 5 Orlando Urban sketchers out to document the evening. I knew that I would have to spend much of my time at my table to answer any questions about mu work. Pam Schwartz was kind enough to man the table allowing me enough time to finish the sketch above.

I didn't understand the appeal of a full sized half Bat Mobile. It seemed like it might be a photo opportunity but guests were not allowed back to sit in the drivers seat. I have to wonder where the other half of the vehicle might be. It must be sitting in another Science Center somewhere. The original Bat Mobile sold for 4 million dollars at auction. If that is so, then this half of the Bat Mobile might be worth 2 million dollars.

There was a model of a Bat Mobile made entirely out of 4 inch long wooden sticks. They were sort  of like Popsicle sticks but thicker. There were loose sticks for guests to build their own. A couple built a skyscraper tower. Until it got to high for the woman to reach. They abandoned their creation and then a very tall guy who must be a basketball player added some more floors. It stayed at that height for some time until a thin guy looked up at it and decided to add one more floor. The upper floors buckled and he tried to save the building by grabbing the midsection which made the whole thing much worse. It crashed down and scattered all over the room. Holy Tower of Babel!

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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