The Tower of Ten

February 13, 2008

Atop a hill in the middle of the Nanotechnology sim sits a magnificent glass structure named the Tower of Ten, created by Shukran Fahid.

The name (Tower of Ten) derives from the exhibits inside. Each exhibit displays a model of matter at a particular length scale – the idea being that different length scales differ in magnitude by powers of ten. I think the idea was inspired by the short film Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. The tower has four levels, with the main entrance on the first level. The exhibits on the first level are about iron and steel. You can see the structure of steel from the atomic scale all the way up to a model of a suspension bridge (the Humber Bridge).

I’ll cover the other three levels of the tower in future posts. If you can’t wait, then click here to visit the Nanotechnology sim now.

One comment

  1. Ever since I saw the Eames movie at the Air and Space Museum in DC, I’ve had a special place in my heart for the Powers Of Ten projects over the years.

    Well, that, and my birthday is 10-10.


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