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Washburn Observatory, UW Madison
Washburn Observatory, 1880 (ca.), Wisconsin Historical Society Image ID 26709.
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Why is the museum exhibiting this show at Washburn Observatory instead of in museum galleries?
Martha Glowacki chose Washburn Observatory on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for its significance in the history of star and space investigation. Intrigued by twentieth-century studies demonstrating that star positions are one of several orienting cues for bird migration, Glowacki created a sculptural installation to be located specifically in the observatory environment. The observatory is a "perfect setting because of its age and because it has been little changed since opening in 1881." Glowacki likes the sense of history the observatory contributes to the university campus and the community.