The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and MuseumLab have launched a new outdoor exhibition by Pittsburgh-based interactive artist Owen Lowery.
“The Cryptid Critter Crawl” consists of eight outdoor installations. Cryptids are creatures from folklore and legend, the existence of which is not proven by scientific observation. “The Cryptid Critter Crawl” features “artifacts” – physical sculptures and installations on the Children’s Museum campus – from well-known cryptids such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Mothman, and several others.
The signage for each artifact includes stories and directs the viewer to a mobile website, www.cryptidcrittercrawl.com, which contains the backstory of each cryptid, as well as audio stories voiced by museum staff, a map of the artifacts, and additional material such as coloring pages.
“The Cryptid Critter Crawl” is available 24/7 and does not require entry to the Children’s Museum. Artifacts can be viewed and interacted with while following all social distancing guidelines. The installation is semi-permanent and will be shown on campus for the summer.
According to Lowery, “The Crawl was made for everyone – kids, families, friends, awkward couples on a first date. I hope this will help people discover something strange and curious, learn about unique folklore, have a few giggles, and maybe have deeper conversations. “
Admission to the exhibition is free.