Exploring NASA


The Figge will light up the night sky this summer with a one-of-a-kind projection installation. Hubble Telescope images, children's drawings of astronauts and rockets, launch sequences and radio telescope images will be projected on the western exterior of the Figge building in the evening hours during the length of the exhibition.

Artist Bruce Walters, in collaboration with a team of artists, musicians, technicians and scientists, supervised the development of this installation to communicate a sense of optimism about the future and to convey a sense of collective effort and pursuit of knowledge. NASA represents to the artist the collective will to expand human understanding through a synthesis of technology, vision and courage. This artwork is intended to create a bold, interdisciplinary link between the arts and physics.

On view daily in the Figge lobby through October 7, 2012, and on the museum exterior the following evenings at twilight:
July 27 - Downtown Street Fest
July 28 - Bix 7 Run/Walk
Aug. 3 - Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival
Aug. 4 - Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festiva
Aug. 17 - River Roots Live
Aug. 18 - River Roots Live
Sept. 7- Thursday night at the Figge (twilight begins at 7:56)
Sept. 8 - Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops and Beaux Arts Fair
Sept. 9 - Beaux Arts Fair
Sept. 13 - Thursday night at the Figge (twilight begins at 7:44)
Sept. 15 - Brew Ha Ha
Sept. 16 - Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts
Sept. 20 - Thursday night at the Figge (twilight begins at 7:32)
Sept. 27- Thursday night at the Figge (twilight begins at 7:21)
Oct. 4 -Thursday night at the Figge (twilight begins at 7:08)

See Exploring NASA’s debut on July 3, 2012.

Enjoy a short video on the radio telescope section of Exploring NASA.  This section of Exploring NASA centers on the radio telescope research by Dr. Esteban Araya, astrophysicist and assistant professor at Western Illinois University. Editing and soundtrack by Bruce Walters.

Enjoy a short video on the children's art section of Exploring NASA. This section of Exploring NASA includes more than 200 children's drawings and paintings -primarily from Garfield Elementary, but also from Eisenhower, Grant Wood, Hopewell, Jefferson, Mark Twain, McKinley Elementary Schools in Bettendorf, Davenport and Pleasant Valley, IA. Editing and soundtrack by Bruce Walters.

Bruce Walters, John Glenn, 2012, pencil on paper, courtesy of the artist.