Fernbank Artistically Emphasizes Natural Patterns, Wildlife and More This Summer
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Fernbank Artistically Emphasizes Natural Patterns, Wildlife and More This Summer

Exciting exhibits, events, films and more.

This summer, Fernbank Museum strives to ignite a passion for nature with new exhibits, events, films and more.

The new exhibit A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature spotlights common patterns found in nature, like a lightning bolt, tree branches and snowflakes or a gecko’s tail, a nautilus shell and a hurricane, that are used in everyday life. This immersive exhibit highlights four types of naturally found patterns — Spirals, Voronoi patterns, Fractals and the Golden Ratio — through hands-on activities that include composing a piece of music to explore symmetry and observing the patterns on your body through a two-way mirror superimposition. For the ultimate challenge, a 1,700 square-foot mirror maze reflects immersive patterns all around to test what’s really an opening to walk through and what’s a reflection.

Surrounded by nature, Fernbank is also a great place to get outside and explore. There are plenty of opportunities to search for the patterns highlighted in nature but also enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Fernbank Forest and WildWoods. A special bonus: due to the canopy cover, the woodlands can be up to 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding area during the summer.

Opening June 29, Forest Forms will bring towering line sculptures to life in an artistic outdoor display. Visitors will be able to explore 18 larger-than-life metal sculptures of flowers and animals placed along the nature trails in WildWoods. Created by artist Huelani Mei and Elemental Exhibitions, these pieces will feature creatures like foxes, rabbits, snakes and more ranging from 5 to 20 feet tall.

A night at the museum may not be exactly as portrayed in Hollywood’s imagination, but it is always a fun adventure. Fernbank… but Later is an all ages, after-hours summer series where science meets after-hours fun through evening events that offer later access to the museum’s indoor exhibits, outdoor experiences and additional activities. Held on the last Friday of the month, the next events are on June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, all from 6 – 9 p.m. The popular adult-only (21+) event series, Fernbank After Dark continues to thrive on the second Friday of every month, featuring events, activities, music, tapas, alcoholic drinks and more for adults to indulge in a museum atmosphere that is kid-free from 7-11 p.m.

For more information about everything Fernbank has to offer this summer, including giant screen movies and events, visit fernbankmuseum.org/events/summer-adventures/.

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