you step into Science Plaza, you'll find works of art
under your feet! Seventy-four granite paving stones, called
the Discovery Pavers, are scattered throughout the Plaza.
The words and images sandblasted onto these special stones
challenge you to discover the creativity and wonder in
science. Look closely at the pavers, and you'll find questions,
riddles and quotes about discovery, work, play and imagination.
Larry Kirkland worked together with the Science Center
staff to choose words and images for the pavers. The pavers'
messages tell us that science is for everyonewe
all do science when we ask "what?", "how?"
and "why?" about the world around us.
the pavers before installation
paver is made from a 60-pound slab of Imperial Red granite.
The pavers were cut from a quarry in Banglor, India, and
then shipped to Oregon.
took several steps to make a paver. First, artists copied
the words and images for each paver to a flat rubber mask
stuck on the stone. Then they cut stencils of the images
into the mask. To transfer the images onto the granite,
the pavers were sandblasted with the masks attached, so
that only the part of the paver exposed by the stencil
design was stripped away. After the sandblasting was completed,
the artists painted over the designs to make them stand