Looking Through Things »

The Henry Ford has a special exhibit that recently opened:

Crystal-clear plastics were born out of scientific research during World War II and were swiftly co-opted for creative applications in fashion, our homes, and technology. A car’s windshield is clear because we need to see through it to keep us safe as we drive. But a see-through telephone? That invites us to look inside an object and question how it works.

From raincoats to everyday shoes, lightbulbs to paperweights, and accessories you’d find throughout your home, Looking Through Things showcases modern objects as well as artifacts dating back to the 19th century. This exhibit shows us that clearness can be a provocation, calling attention to the use of unexpected materials, applied to familiar forms.

Located outside The Gallery by General Motors, Looking Though Things will also present all 13 colors of the original 1998 Apple iMac G3. Referred to as “the computer that saved Apple,” the iMac went into production 20 years ago this summer.

Yes, those 13 iMacs.

I’m excited to see this in person this weekend. I am speaking about podcasting as part of the Detroit Maker Faire on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re around, be sure to say hello!