Mount Wilson Observatory Discovered the Expanding Universe; Artists Discover Mount Wilson

by Pasadena Adjacent

Where the universe became much larger. This interactive link takes you inside

Anna Oxygen, Miwa Matreyek and Chi-wang Yang of Cloud Eye Control.

Discover the expanding universe for yourself through Cary Huang’s brilliant interactive site. Click on this link “Scale of the Universe”  It takes a little time to load. Select the icons and navigate the lower scroll bar. Trouble? I’ve left an additional link in the first comment.


Several years back, Pasadena Adjacent was visiting the observatory grounds with an artist friend (and current FOWMO docent) whose family roots date back to the observatories beginnings. She spoke of a dream she had. To turn the monastery (the former dormitory to staff and visiting scientist) into an artist retreat. That hasn’t happened (yet) but two other artist did discover the observatory;  Christina Ondrus and Elleni Sclavenitis. And this weekend, in a rare one time event, they’re turning the mountaintop observatory grounds into a “free” two day gallery exhibit.

KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory brings together a constellation of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists whose work extends from the nexus of ideas embodied by the Observatory itself: astronomy, scientific discovery, space exploration, optics, recorded observation, philosophical questions of cosmology, the history, aesthetics and ecology of the site and its influence upon the cultural landscape of Los Angeles. KNOWLEDGES engages the public in a unique opportunity to experience Mount Wilson Observatory through the lens of contemporary art……….

Throughout the weekend of June 23 and 24, you can look forward to paintings, sculptures, photography, film screenings, music & sound performances, installations, and lectures. The gates will open Saturday at 7:30am, and will close at 7:30pm. The night viewing program (by reservation), June 23, 7:30pm – 12:00 am, is now full. On Sunday June 24, the grounds will close at 5:00pm.

You will need a 5 dollar Adventure Pass that can be purchased at the observatories Atomic Cafe. The site is NOT wheel chair accessible and requires stair climbing. The observatory is 19 miles above La Canada. If you can find a parking space, “the editor” suggests, as an additional adventure, you stop at the Lowe Railway pullout (to the right) on your way up the Mt. Wilson Observatory Road. Vertigo inducing splendor awaits you.

Don’t Drink and Drive – the road is windy and steep

More of the practical here