World’s Largest Kaleidoscope Now On Display in Salem, Oregon

Salem children’s museum to display world’s largest kaleidoscope

May 2, 2013, Salem, OR – All eyes are on A. C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, Salem’s museum for kids, as they display a very interesting piece of artwork called Eye Euphoria. Considered the first of its kind in the world, this oversized, dynamic stained glass kaleidoscope now fills the lobby of Gilbert House with color. Created by the late artist Donald Ferris of Woodland, Washington, Eye Euphoria took over 2500 hours to craft using authentic leaded glass and three window layers with adjustable spin and rotation speed.

Eye Euphoria has been incorporated into a new exhibit area in the entryway of the Gilbert House at Discovery Village. “Being that it is a beautiful, larger than life kaleidoscope, it will fit right in with other over-sized and intriguing pieces here at the Village,” states Executive Director, Joanna Engle.

Eye Euphoria was donated by Virginia Metz, the sister of Ferris, to the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village in memory of her brother. “It is the families wish that this piece of artwork be seen and enjoyed by individuals, especially children, which makes the children’s museum a perfect place to display this masterpiece of stained glass,” states Engle.

It opened to the public May 2, 2013. For more information: YouTube site

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A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village is a private nonprofit children’s museum located in downtown Salem’s Riverfront Park. Founded in 1989, A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village provides innovative and stimulating educational experiences that spark children’s natural curiosity. Our mission statement: “A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village inspires children of all ages to learn and grow through play.”Open: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 pm., Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission: $7.00 (Ages 3-59); $3.50 (Ages 1-2); $5.50 (Ages 60+); $3.00 (Public assistance); $4.50 (Groups of 10 +); FREE for members and under Age 1. Website: Call: (503) 371-3631 / 1-800-208-9514.

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