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Secrets of MASS MoCA: Hearing the Light

Upon entering MASS MoCA, look up in the sky.  You’ll see upside down trees and the Berkshire Mountains.  You may also notice our clock tower, resident of the Marshall Street Complex since 1895.

This clock is unlike any other time-teller‚ÄĒit depends on chance.¬† The clock, named The Clocktower Project,¬†rings every 15 minutes, yet each time it rings produces a new sound.¬† This is because the ringing of the bells depends on both the quality of light and time of day. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 24, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Secrets of MASS MoCA: Codex Solis

On the roof of MASS MoCA lies a 230-foot long grid of solar panels, providing the museum with 7% of our power.¬† These panels go by the name of Codex Solis, part of¬†All Utopias Fell by artist Michael Oatman, which also includes The Shining and The Library of the Sun.¬† Codex Solis does more than supply us with energy‚ÄĒit presents us with a message, a hidden message.

The solar panels are organized to create a phrase relating back to the sun and solar energy.  The quote is by a well known author, but Oatman won’t tell us who.   Each solar panel represents a letter.  Mirrors scattered among the panels represent spaces between words.

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Posted October 7, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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What are you doing for Berkshire Blackout?

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Our wonderful company manager Meghan Robertson is part of the Berkshire Leadership Program.¬† She reports here on their Berkshire Blackout, a program that MASS MoCA is taking part in this year.¬† We’d love to hear what you’re doing to save energy.

The Berkshire Leadership Program class of 2009, a program of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce (www.berkshirechamber.com), announces the Berkshire Blackout.  The Berkshire Blackout will kick off in conjunction with www.350.org РInternational Day of Climate Action on Oct 24th and continue until Oct 31st.

One of the biggest hurdles affecting both businesses and residents in Berkshire County is the price of energy.  Energy efficiency also plays a large role in attracting new businesses to the County.  The Berkshire Blackout will help businesses discover information that will be useful to the Chamber as well as future legislative work.

Over 100 businesses will be asked to take part in the program which will ask participants to reduce their energy for one week.  Participating is simple.  Businesses can pledge to do simple things that are easy to remember, such as unplugging a copier when not in use, turning off lights, computers or starting a recycling program.

The Berkshire Leadership Program will compile a report by sector for the purposes of showing other businesses the benefits of becoming more energy efficient.   We will then report it to the 350 organization that will generate the information and we will know how much we did during the 1 week campaign.  We hope that this will continue once everyone realizes that it just takes small steps and it will make a difference both at home as well as work.

If you or your business is interested in participating in the program then feel free to email: berkshireblackout@gmail.com.  We would love to have as many people participate as possible locally and beyond.

Posted October 24, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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We need your help!

Letters of support to legislators for our two shovel ready projects would be invaluable in helping secure this funding for North Adams and the Berkshires.

MASS MoCA’s projects under consideration are:

1.  Solar Center:  Expanding on our successful existing array of solar panels we have proposed increasing our capacity to turn the sun into electricity tenfold and creating a public showcase and educational training facility for large scale solar energy technologies.  Download a PDF to learn more.

2. Berkshire Art & Archive Center, a 30,000 sf, climate-controlled, high-security archive, art storage and digitalization facility that would be built on the existing 8,500-square-foot concrete foundation of the former Building 15, which was torn down in 2004.  The Center would not only provide storage and archive space for the museum, but also lease space to cultural institutions and collectors. More details.

You can help make this a reality by calling, writing, or emailing your legislators listed here

State & Federal Officials

The Honorable Deval Patrick
Executive Office
State House
Boston, MA 02133

The Honorable Timothy P. Murray
Lieutenant Governor
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Posted April 16, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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