Have you ever wondered how to spin a plate? Roll up, roll up, now’s your chance.
If you step into the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Powerhouse Museum before May, you will be teleported into a world of circus, wonder and mystery.
The elaborate exhibition called The Circus Factory, which has been put together by French scenographer Gérard Cholot and designer Alban Le Henry, features performances, exhibits, sideshows and vintage circus toys which are a sight to see. Kids laughed excitedly, cute couples explored quietly, and the nostalgia of old Luna Park toys was clear on the parents’ faces.
Featured at the exhibition is a 100-year-old carousel which can be enjoyed throughout the duration of the exhibition. The steam driven carousel was a beacon of light and bright colours.
The Science of Circus Show unveiled the wonders found in the circus ring and explored the physics behind all your favourite circus acts; from hula hooping, plate spinning and tight rope walking.
Tucked away inside a little multi-coloured hut was a wardrobe full of circus clothing free for all to put on. There were satin coats, dressed up top hats and crazy fluro-coloured clown wigs.
Downstairs was a maze of kinetic sculptures – sculptural art with moveable parts that are activated by motors, wind or other means – created by Dave Archer. Some were thought provoking, such as The Perfect Worker, which had a moving conveyor belt displaying people going in and robots coming out. Others evoked laughter from onlookers, such as the guitar, where by you turned the crank and a monkey peeked out at you.
Exploring this exhibition took about one hour. Ticket prices also include admission to the entire museum, so you can go exploring after your time at the circus! – Jessica Heckley
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