The Transfiguration

everything is sacred

Tribute of the Day #1645

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Tribute of the Day #1645

We are gently asked not to use cameras inside the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and though there are many tempting sights within, I preferred to oblige; it’s important to put away the lens and just absorb things sometimes, anyway.

It’s a strange place, and having had no formal explanation about the museum’s purpose, I entered with no concept of what I’d find inside. After moving through a few exhibits, I slowly gained a sense of what was meant by Jurassic Technology.This is a tribute to the spirit of inquiry before its time, to obsessive curiosity and ardent, unwavering certainty in one’s own insight. Among the exhibits were letters to astronomers from those who believed they’d discovered the age of the universe and the sun’s magnetic properties; a philosophy of memory and experience illustrated through the analogy of conic sections; superstitions and folk-cures; 19th-century plans to bring civilization to the stars; people who dedicated their lives to the science and art of the Cat’s Cradle; a room of painted portraits of the Russian space dogs; tiny mosaics made from the scales of butterfly wings; and the beautiful and abandoned art of vectography.

Some of these ideas served as the foundations for later minds who would discover great truths, but many of the exhibits are devoted to those who dedicated their lives to works that would turn out to be either entirely false or at least unrecognized by the world at large. The museum treats these materials with great respect, an almost sacred air, demonstrating how much these ideas meant to their creators. I thought it was beautiful, and I’m glad such a place exists.

On the upper floor of the museum is a room offering free tea and cookies, and outside is a rooftop garden where doves and other tiny birds mingle freely, flittering from vine to vine and picking at leaves.

It’s a lovely place, and if you find yourself in LA you should take the time to visit. Go with an open mind and let small things become important, and it’ll be a fantastic experience.

everything you do is a balloon

Written by Umbrella Man

March 25, 2013 at 1:21 am

Posted in friends, people, places

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  1. do you know how awesome you are?

    Martha Reilly

    March 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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