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Ask A Curator Day: Wednesday September 1st

Thought bubble with the words ask a curator

On Wednesday September 1st, Powerhouse Museum curators will be taking part in ‘Ask a Curator Day’.

The day is a worldwide initiative that lets people connect to museum curators through social media.

We are using our Facebook page, and over 13 of our curators will be standing by on the day to answer YOUR questions!

All you have to do is become a fan of the Powerhouse Museum on Facebook, then get your thinking caps on and come up with some great questions for us to answer on Wednesday (please note we are still pondering the answer to “What is the meaning of life?” so best to keep questions Museum related!)

To kick things off I have a few questions myself!

Swan sculpture made out of a trye
Photography by Nitsa Yioupros. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Every time I am in our collections basement I walk past this tyre swan. I’d love to find out why we have this!

Lockheed Lounge designed by Marc Newson, object from the MAAS collection
Collection: Powerhouse Museum

We have had this Marc Newson Lockheed Lounge on display in the Museum’s foyer for a few years. He only made a handful, and a few have popped up at overseas auctions recently selling for over one millions dollars. For what I assume is the world’s most expensive couch, it sure doesn’t look comfortable….Has a curator ever sat on it?

Locomotive 1 in the foyer of the Powerhouse Museum
Photography by Jean-Francois Lanzarone

BIG TRAINS! how do we get them inside?

So….what will YOU ask on Wednesday? hit us with your best shot!

2 responses to “Ask A Curator Day: Wednesday September 1st

  • of an evening,there is the evening star in the west and two others not as bright – one NW about 45 degrees above horizon and second NNE slightly lower.What are they.
    Any relationship to the ancient starts that are supposed to be something to do with the placement of the Egyptian pyramids?

  • Hello John. In the western sky after sunset we can see the bright planet Venus, which is also known as the Evening Star when it is visible in the evenings. Just above it and to the right we find the star Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo the Maiden. Below them is the red planet Mars.

    Spica does seem to have been important in ancient Egypt. According to the book Dawn of Astronomy by J Norman Lockyer a number of temples were oriented towards Spica including the sun-temple at Tell el-Amarna. Of course, the most important star in ancient Egypt was not Spica but Sirius as the first views of this star before dawn indicated the rising of the river Nile.

    Nick Lomb
    Curator of Astronomy

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