Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Musical Mastodon

This half-scale mastodon is constructed of fabricated steel contains hollow rib sections filled with loose media of different mesh size. Rotational in movement, users can “rattle” their way into history, all the while steering the large mammal’s vision via the kaleidoscope wheel. Designed for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan, these musical flowers are one of five interactive components proposed to increase children’s exposure to the idea of playing with sound early on in their development.

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