Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Let Us Atom 

Wednesday, Sep 17 2008
Rarely has a roof gotten so much attention. But like the rest of the $484 million building, the “green” roof of the new California Academy of Sciences — formed into hillocks, lined with special soil, and seeded with native plants — is groundbreaking. Today, the public finally get to see what’s taken four years to create: a multistory vivarium housing a “Rainforests of the World” exhibit that takes you from the roots to the treetops; a giant saltwater tank housing a living coral reef; a 180-degree digital projection planetarium; a redesigned swamp with alligators; and a revamped home for the South African penguins, all housed in Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano’s 410,000-square-foot Wunderkammer. The California Academy of Sciences opening weekend festivities include multicultural music and dance performances in the band shell on the concourse, food booths, science-themed arts and crafts projects for kids, jugglers, face painters, and, appropriately enough, a rock-climbing wall. Because, you know, everyone will be climbing the walls to get in.
Sept. 27-28, 9:30 a.m., 2008

About The Author

Traci Vogel


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"