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Ideum (Corrales, N.M.) recently collaborated with the Cayton Children’s Museum (Santa Monica, Calif.) to create "In Tune with Nature," a playful interactive room thoughtfully illustrated to immerse visitors in an animated mountain meadow scene. In the space, children play with butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies and other creatures as the scene moves through cycles of dawn, dusk, night and daylight again.
The experience is based on the overarching concept that humans can control some elements in nature, but others are beyond our ability to change. Children see their own activities as active elements in the scene, such as their ability to chase away (or attract!) butterflies and other creatures—even a frog on a lilypad. At the same time, there are larger, unending cycles in the background, such as the daily passage from day to night and the steady wax and wane of the moon.
The highly detailed scene is based on actual flora and fauna found in Arkansas’s Ozark Mountains. Butterflies land on milkweed plants, and the trees, fireflies and other elements in the scene are all native to the location.
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