Starting this week, the BPL will showcase designs of the forthcoming Museum of Science Fiction, a D.C.-based venture that plans to create “the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum,” according to organizers.
The Sci-Fi Museum recently held an architectural design competition to pick the winning look for the museum's “modular, re-deployable 4,000-square-foot facility,” which can move exhibits from city to city until a permanent site is built, according to a press release.
The winning design is a semi-transparent, glowing box structure with four floors called “Schrödinger’s Cube” — in honor of the Nobel Prize-winning quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger, whose famous thought experiment about a cat in a box revealed a paradox in the dominant theory of how to locate particles too small to see.
The design was created by Emily Yen, a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Renderings of the cube and several runners-up in the design competition will be on display at the Central Branch of the BPL until late May, the library said. After the exhibit leaves Brooklyn, it will travel to 10 international cities including Milan, Tokyo and London.
The creators of the Museum of Science Fiction hope to open the “preview museum,” as they’re calling the moveable structure, in late 2015. They hope to open the permanent museum in D.C. by 2018, though there is no location yet chosen for that building.
The Museum of Science Fiction exhibit opened on Feb. 16 at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza and will remain on display through May. 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public.