Art around the Centre
Creative inspiration is at the heart of both science and art – and our array of indoor and outdoor art installations blend art and science in delightful and insightful ways. Explore our online connections too!
Detail of Stacy Levy’s outdoor "Lotic Meander" installation on Level 3 at the Ontario Science Centre.
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Discover more about sculptor Rudy Kehkla, his "Fish" mobile and other works.
Discover more about sculptor Stacy Levy, Lotic Meander and her other projects.
Discover more about Professor Steve Mann, FUNtain and his other inventions.
Discover more about artist George Rhoads, his ball machine sculpture and other creations.
Discover more about artist Bruce Shapiro, Pipedream and his other projects.
Discover more about J. Tuzo Wilson, inspiration for the geodetic monument at our entrance.
Discover more about our Jacquard Loom demonstrations by expert volunteer weavers.
Pose for a picture at our webcam station then watch bubbles blow up your photo! In place of pixels, artist Bruce Shapiro uses thousands of tiny bubbles floating inside 96 clear tubes to capture your image.
Step onto our Great Hall terrace to explore the ebb and flow of a meandering river sculpted by Stacy Levy. Feel the patterns beneath your feet as you stroll along the 91-metre path of carved, polished stone.
Explore a BEAM (Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics) robot fish by artist Shapour Shahidi. Controlled by solar cells, this mechanical life form is designed to live, feed and fend for itself in the ocean.
Marvel at this wall hanging woven on our antique Jacquard loom by volunteers during demonstrations. Like a computer, weaving is binary and the loom's Jacquard mechanism uses punch cards to create the intricate pattern.
Maple Leaf Forever
Wood carvers create 35 vignettes of Toronto’s history using the trunk of a silver maple knocked down in a 2013 windstorm—the same tree that inspired poet Alexander Muir to compose "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867.
Make music out of water playing our hydraulophone, a keyboard fountain where every key is a water jet. Created by Steve Mann, this pipe organ sound sculpture is a fountain of fun in the centre of TELUSCAPE.
Keep the balls rolling with our popular audiokinetic sculpture by George Rhoads. A crazy, colourful maze of multiple balls bouncing among a mix of percussion devices creates a musical cacophony of fun and physics.
Step outside on Level 3 to see Archimedean mechanics in action. Artist Rudy Kehkla created this fish out of granite, copper and steel that is so delicately balanced that the smallest puff of wind can make it "swim".
In a dark wood…
This 10x3-m video installation by Matilda Aslizadeh juxtaposes a forest of Douglas fir with a montage of archival film relating to British Columbia. Static and moving images combine with evocative audio to draw you in.