FORT WAYNE – What’s better than a new exhibit at Science Central? How about one that brings back memories from the 1960s?
On December 8, museum staff unveiled the Pixel Pegs in the interactive toddler-friendly area, Kids Central.
The permanent exhibit is a large perforated panel with LED backlighting. Visitors can create vivid color patterns by inserting colored pegs into the painting, introducing young visitors to the ideas of color, light and translucency.
“If you were kids growing up in the ’60s playing with Lite Brite, you’ll understand,” Science Central executive director Martin S. Fisher said during the unveiling.
Even Fisher was in uniform, wearing a shirt with bright lights, depicting the famous childhood toy pegboard known as the Lite Brite.
“This is one of those rare exhibits,” he said, adding that it was not a technical toy at all.
Fisher said the museum can purchase replacement pegs in the colors of their choice as needed.
He found inspiration for the exhibit a few years ago, when he visited another science center that had one. He also recalls that the Indianapolis Museum of Art had a similar exhibit, which made him want one for Science Central.
Fisher said funding from Arts United and the Indiana Arts Commission made it possible for Science Central to acquire Pixel Pegs. Contributions from individual Science Central supporters were also used in the acquisition.
Science Central board member John McGauley spoke about the importance of making Science Central fresh and new “all the time” and how adding new exhibits directly contributes to this.
Young children played with the exhibit as soon as it was unveiled, including a little boy who wanted to play with only the blue stakes.
It was not clear who had the most fun with the exhibit: the kids or the parents helping the kids.
“Pixel Pegs are going to be a magnet to the many kids who use this area,” Fisher said in an ad. “It will give them the opportunity to learn and be artistic and I am delighted to see their creativity shine. “
Phil Slane, director of Grants and Programs for Arts United, noted that the exhibit will be of benefit to Science Central and the community at large.
“Arts United is proud to support Science Central and the new Pixel Pegs exhibit, which will wonderfully engage young scientists in our community,” said Slane. “We hope this new exhibit will help remind our community that arts and culture organizations are open for business, operate with improved health and safety protocols, and continue to be a vital part of the business. quality of life in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.
Pixel Pegs was created by Science Kinetics.
Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday throughout the year. school. The establishment is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information, visit sciencecentral.org.