Museum of Science and Industry

Things Come Apart

February 14, 2013 - May 19, 2013

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Lower Level, Lower Court East - Lower Level, Lower Court West
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Some disassembly, inspired.

Remember being a kid and trying to figure out how things around you worked? Appease that inner child-like curiosity about how everyday things work, in the photography exhibit Things Come Apart.

Toronto-based photographer Todd McLellan has taken a series of images that display every last piece of 15 various household items, including a phone, camera, sewing machine, lawnmower and tape recorder. He meticulously takes them apart, and arranges each and every piece against a stark white background in an organized homage to their technology and engineering. Then, in another take on a childhood fantasy, McLellan photographs the disassembled pieces as he ejects them into mid-air, allowing pieces to rain down in an explosion-like fashion. The results are striking images that showcase both order and chaos—and offer a commentary on bygone technologies from years ago.

This exhibit is included in Museum general admission.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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