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14.5' x 9' x 3'
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
Calliope Borealic was inspired by its location in Anchorage, Alaska. The sculpture contains houses and mining carts that reference the nearby Kennecott Mine, which was one of the biggest copper mines in Alaska, but closed in 1938 and became a popular ghost town. Within the tracks, visitors will see a white “Nodding” Polar Bear that reflects the local wildlife.
The ball machine contains four different tracks, and visitors are able to interact with the sculpture by retrieving balls and moving them to six different locations. People can also turn a knob and release balls into the Loop-the-Loop. Inside the machine as devices such as a Rock Back, Chaos Wheel, Dumper, and musical elements like a xylophone bar and bells. On top of the ball machine is a 6 foot tall moire wheel.