The Softer Side of the Shedd Aquarium
The beaux art details of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are stunning when you take the time to wander the main entryway to the museum. But on a softer side, the Jellies Exhibit was equally stunning– supple and more fluid than I imagined. Although there aren’t any jellyfish images within the decorative architectural elements of the building, you can imagine how marine life must have inspired the designers when these motifs were conceptualized.
You enter the exhibit in darkness. Like a moth to a flame, you are attracted to brightly colored tanks that compliment the various species of the jellyfish. Deep cobalt blue enhances the transparent whiteness of the jellies floating about. Further into the exhibit you see tanks with pink backgrounds and the jellies are adorned with ruffle like tentacles. The ruffles reminded me of french lace. The most surprising were the specimens that looked like natural light bulbs!
The Jellies exhibit runs through May 28th, 2012. Order your tickets in advance to bypass very long ticket lines! Teachers get complimentary admission to the general museum. You can request a teacher pass online in advance or just bring your credentials and visit the will call line. The staff at the museum is very helpful. They are enthusiastic about their work.