A Russian observatory that once housed one of the largest mirrored telescopes in the world has now become the site of an art installation dedicated to exploring the place where the cosmos and human imagination meet. The Special Astrophysical Observatory is now featuring pieces contributed by Russian and Austrian artists that run the gamut from photography to a piece called “Why Work?” where visitors lay on top of a bench while looking up at a ceiling-mounted wind god illustrated with green neon tubing. Curator Simona Mraz said he was inspired to put together the exhibit in order to bring the two typically separate worlds of science and art together and “watch the creative sparks fly.”
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