Osaka Science Museum

Osaka Science Museum Electricity Exhibits 

client: Exploratorium
location: New York, NY | size: 12 tabletop exhibits opened: 1994


The Exploratorium in San Francisco commissioned Mindy to design twelve portable exhibits on the subject of electricity for the Osaka Science Museum as part of an “Exhibit Starter Sets” program. This was a first-of-its-kind outreach configuration of the Exploratorium’s didactic content. Mindy designs were made of durable, colorful, and industrial materials. At one exhibit component, a visitor can pedal a bicycle to physically understand how much effort it takes to light a series of lamps. Another exhibit seems to defy gravity. Another uses the visitors as a battery. Still another incorporates a Jacob’s Ladder, with its rising arcs of electricity. These exhibits help explain magnetism, motors, glow discharges, generators, and energy versus power.

The images here are the design plans, hand-drawn by Mindy.