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Gallery Wall

Located in Discovery Hall, just beyond the Visitor Service desk, the Gallery Wall is the latest extension of Imagination Station's learning environment. The wall celebrates the alliance between creativity and science and every four months we will replace the featured exhibit with a new installation.

December - April: Metroparks Winter Photographs

April - July: Sign of the Times

Stay tuned for the next installation announcement!

Sign of the Times

Science isn’t all about equations, statistics, graphs, beakers with strange-colored fluid, or the periodic table of elements; it’s also highly imaginative. Albert Einstein believed that with his whole being. Do a quick Google search of “Einstein AND creativity” and you can spend hours down that rabbit hole. Einstein was, in his heart, an artist as well as a scientist.

If you need more proof that Einstein truly was an artist, read what he had to say about imagination and problem-solving: “The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.”

Whew. That’s heavy. Let’s simplify: In order to access the answers to a problem, one must first access the imagination.

That’s still heavy, but it was, after all, Einstein.

Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, has designed all their exhibits with this same commitment to creativity and the addition of a new installation on the Gallery Wall in Discovery Hall, just beyond the Visitor Service desk is another area of the science center that illustrates this alliance. Each installation will run for four months and turn a blank wall into an ever-changing beautiful extension of our learning environment.

The first installation kicked off in December with a display of winter scene photographs from the Metroparks taken by Art Weber, a local photographer who works with the Metroparks.

The latest installation, Sign of the Times, might seem like nothing more than hieroglyphics at first, but a closer analysis will reveal each icon as related to climate change.

Partnering with AIGA Toledo, a professional organization that advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force, third-year graphic design students from Bowling Green State University designed each icon to symbolize numerically factual science related to climate change. After the design process, two students, along with two AIGA members, helped install the piece on the Gallery Wall.

The installation’s icons tell the story of climate change from A to Z, starting with Atmosphere and ending with Zero Waste. The hope is that these icons will illustrate the unique variety of elements that relate to climate change and also clear up confusion people might have about global warming. Even better, this installation is a fun, interactive experience!

Gallery Wall IconsHere's How it Works:


  1. Take a look at the icon alphabet key. What word does the icon best represent? The first letter of the word represented by the icon is its corresponding alphabetical letter.

  2. To test your understanding of how the icon alphabet works, check out the three, smaller facts listed on the wall. The alphabetical letters are provided beneath them. Starting to the get the picture?

  3. Now, take a bigger challenge and study the icons that represent the large quote. There are no letters provided underneath the icons, so you’re going to have to use your best detective skills. Don’t cheat! Give yourself a little time and see what you can come up with.

Happy deciphering!