Structure

The living quarters are above ground. The Library appears to be a sort of temple from the outside. All of this library of imagination is underground, to symbolize all the great ideas being buried, for fear of financial issues or some such reason. As you enter, four glass elevators in an x-shape take you underground to the 4 different wings, to symbolize the paths taken in life. You can also simply pass through, not taking any of the elevators, if you wish to reach the living quarters. Each of the elevators take you to a different wing.

Wing 1 - Computers


Take the southwest elevator to reach the high-tech computer wing. A giant holographic cross-section of a computer dominates the wing. Every part is selectable, and when selected, can be rotated, zoomed in on, and gives a description and function. Different models of computers can be selected to put up on the giant hologram. All this symbolizes the human race's thirst for knowledge. The difference between each computer is fascinating and need-to-know for humans. A computer timeline shows a model of every different type of computer in existence, and shows the year created and who created it. This shows the progress of the human race. All of these computers can be put up on the giant holographic cross-section. A brief biography of all the creators is put above the corresponding computer the person created.

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Wing 2 - Art

The art gallery of the museum of imagination will consist of three main pieces. The first, being a square based pyramid with the base dimensions of 4 ' by 4 ' and a height of 4'. This "perfect" pyramid would represent hypothetical perfection of an idea that that would exist in human imagination. The Square based pyramid has long been considered the most stable of geometric shapes in existence. This would symbolize the required stability of an idea for it to attain perfection. The tapering of the pyramid symbolizes a multitude of unconnected or clunky ideas that are drawn together, either through necessity or invention to a single, perfect point. For example, if one looked at the computers of the 1940s, he/she would see an ugly abomination, the size of the average living room. Nowadays, we have thin pads that can fit into our pockets and complete the functions of a normal computer. We are now much closer to the top of that pyramid of perfection. To symbolize imperfection, a roughly hewn square based triangular prism that lacks its top. This represents the necessity of invention, for invention essentially closes the gap in between perfection and imperfection. Humanity cannot, and never will be perfect. Yet by using inventions, we make our lives easier.

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Wing 3 - Inventions
This wing has all the sketches, plans, and blueprints for many an invention. Countless ideas are hung from the ceiling, plastered to walls, and put on tables. Actual models for almost every invention is placed next to the blueprint. Many Da Vinci pieces adorn this wing, including his war machines, his music machines, and most of all, his original flying machine. Built perfectly to scale, this machine hangs from the ceiling to symbolize great ideas taking flight.
A massive hourglass stands in the middle of the wing. Straight out of the 1600's, in perfect shape, it's 4 meters tall and 1.5 meters wide. The sand inside takes 5 hours to completely trickle out, at which point the hourglass flips, using two large pistons that go through the middl of the hourglass, lock in place, and turn. it takes 1 minute to fully flip. The hourglass symbolizes that ideas take time, but when that time is up, everything is as clear as the upper half of the hourglass.

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Wing 4 - Miscellaneous



The 4th Wing carries items with no real spot in any of the other Wings, such as a giant Rube Goldberg (below), a zero-gravity water model, and a table with quiksilver on it. The Rube Goldberg is a large, usually one-use machine that uses many mechanical pieces to complete one everyday task, such as making lunch, like the one shown.


This machine symbolizes that most people think that whatever they do won't affect anybody else, when in fact it is the exact opposite. The analogy is that this machine has a linear effect on the person who made it, but could also affect many other people in the long run.

The zero-gravity water model is a symbol for a human's creativity. Should the floating water sphere rupture, it simply comes back together or repairs itself as two seperate bubbles.

Quicksilver shows human ideas going on and on, without ever stopping as long as there is drive, with no resistance. The human desire to see things to the end is portrayed perfectly with quicksilver.

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