This morning, the Museum of Science and Industry’s second roommate, Chicagoan Kevin Byrne, begins a historical thirty days as a live-in visitor.
A 3-sided, 16x16’ glass cube just inside the main entrance will remind everyone that Kevin’s there—we mean in the museum 24/7—doing research, collecting his thoughts, writing and blogging about living in this home to more than 35,000 artifacts and one of the largest science museums in the world—not to mention an architectural gem.
Built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, ‘The Palace of Fine Arts’ is the only surviving permanent structure from the fair. Designed to follow principles of the Beaux Arts movement highlighting symmetry and splendor, it officially opened as a museum in 1933.
In preparation for his stay, the out-in-the-open cube and behind-the-scenes living quarters were furnished with CB2 beds, desks, chairs and accessories—not to mention storage for Kevin’s 30 custom MATM t-shirts, one for every day of his stay so you can’t miss him.