How a Museum’s 45-Foot Virtual Waterfall Can Inspire Sustainability
New York Hall of Science exhibit encourages visitors to consider how their actions impact ecosystems worldwide
At the New York Hall of Science, visitors don’t have to learn by simply staring at the work and passively taking it in — they can touch the installations. Developed by Design I/O, a creative studio that specializes in the design and development of immersive installations, Connected Worlds is an exhibit that is made for those who learn best by doing.
The installation is made up of six different ecosystems spread out along the walls of the museum’s Great Hall: jungle, desert, wetlands, mountain valley, reservoir and plains. These ecosystems are connected by a 3,000-square-foot interactive floor, and while they have their own unique trees, plants and animals, they all receive their supply of virtual water from a 45-foot tall waterfall.