A traveling exhibit featuring massive, colorful sculptures of familiar ocean animals including reef fishes, sharks, octopus, penguins, sea lions and more made entirely of plastic marine debris removed from West Coast beaches. The collection provides a powerful, visual reality of the proliferation of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways through these exquisite representations of marine animals, using flip-flops, bottle caps, packing straps, beverage bottles and thousands more pieces of plastic in every color of the rainbow.
Robot Revolution explores how robots, created by human ingenuity, change how we play, live and work together. The exhibit comes to life with a collection of cutting-edge robots secured from some of the most innovative global robotics companies and universities. Guests have extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots that have rarely been shown to the public before. New robots include a life-sized humanoid robot that greets guests at the entrance of the exhibit, the Cube Solver, who dazzles guests with its lightning-fast ability to solve a Rubik’s cube, a hexapod robot with six snakelike legs that navigates rough terrain and Adept Lynx, a self-navigating industrial robot used in shipping factories.
Through stunning photographic documentation and time-lapse videography of glaciers, Extreme Ice provides guests an emotionally visual representation of climate change. Artifacts on display include equipment and a customized camera that the photographer used on their expeditions. Guests will also learn about the technological advances James and his team created to capture such compelling footage. Other items on display include protective insulated clothing, helmets and climbing equipment. Guests can also touch and see a real 7-foot-tall ice wall, interact with maps showcasing the potential impact of coastal flooding around the world, see how rising temperatures will affect Chicago, explore the work of other ice scientists throughout the world and understand the part they can play in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Exhibit explores the urgency of nuclear weapons and climate change with one of the most provocative symbols of the 20th century, the Doomsday Clock. Guests will interact with a digital representation of the Clock through time, learn how the atomic age extended into pop culture and walk through a visual, historic timeline of the nuclear age.
Watch snow-sculpting teams form "frozen art" from giant blocks of snow. Abstract shapes and whimsical figures take shape under the skilled hands of state teams and high school teams. Walk or drive the one-mile route through the park to see sculptures. Spectators can cast their vote for "People's Choice." Awards ceremony will be 1 p.m. Jan. 28.