Chaotic Chains, by Anna Murch, photo by Esther Kutnick, 1989
Anna Murch, former Artist-in-Residence and long-time friend of the Exploratorium, passed away last week at age 65. Anna taught at Mills College for many years—where many of our staffers learned from and with her—and was married to Doug Hollis, another former AIR and creator of several iconic exhibits, including Listening Vessels and Aeolian Harp.
Anna built Chaotic Chains in 1989, described as “chains of mirrored balls suspended from the ceiling and attached at the floor to motor shafts. The turning shafts cause the chains to sweep and undulate through space. Their beautiful and often chaotic motion is captured by a flashing strobe.” Although it has been off the floor for many years, it was apparently quite a lovely exhibit.