Although the two phases of our exhibit planning overlap a great deal, at some point in the past several months, the Under CT Skies project transitioned from its research phase to its implementation phase. This means we’re starting to make the decisions that will definitively determine the form of our exhibit. It also means there are more power tools involved.
And so, last Friday, Tom Castelli of the Wesleyan Science Machine Shop (located in the basement of the Exley Science Building) paid a visit at the Van Vleck Observatory. Tom has been mocking up potential panels for the exhibit using lexan sheets and leftover wood from recent construction at the Usdan Student Center. The wood is quite lovely and matches that of the VVO library very well.
Tom showed us what he’s been up to, and now I’m going to show you!
It might not look like much yet, but this is quite an important step in this phase of our exhibit-making. Just one panel raises a whole set of questions about the shape the exhibit will soon take.
For example, how are we to best protect what goes on the other side of the glass? Do we need to use material that filters out UV light so we can preserve our historical artifacts and, perhaps a bit less-importantly, our exhibit labels?
We ruled out using UV-filtering window shades because the Van Vleck library has rather lovely windows that we wouldn’t want to hide completely.
Other questions that I had included, “What is in Tom’s mysterious bag that he keeps going back to??”
And with that mystery, and a few others solved, Tom went on his way to search for UV-filtered panel options.
I’ll leave you with this artsy picture I took of Tom, Amrys, and Roy investigating the wooden overlay to the glass plates on the opposite wall of the library.
Bonus points if you noticed that the glass plates are missing. The reason why? Stay tuned for more exhibit updates!