We wrapped a billboard in real 22 k gold to promote Science World’s Treasure! exhibit, and to dramatize this scientific tidbit: a mere 2 oz of gold can be hammered so thin it can cover a whopping 200 square feet.
The first of its kind, the golden board sparked a media frenzy. It took weeks of painstaking work by Canada’s top gilder Brian Dedora and required a full-time security guard to discourage theft and damage.
Only a handful of passing motorist were permanently blinded, but hey you can’t make an omelette without burning a few retinas, right?
(Totally kidding about that part.)
Photo credit, top right: Jeff Hodson, Metro News Vancouver.
Science World is a hands-on science centre offering entertaining education to families in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to the hundreds of interactive exhibits featured in the galleries, Science World is also home to the Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre and the Science Theatre. Science World is a vital, non-profit community resource that celebrates curiosity, creativity and the thrill of learning by promoting exploration of the arts, sciences and technology.