The Emerson Kaleidostore
America’s Largest Kaleidoscope has been mesmerizing guests since 1996. The silo is over 56 feet tall and is a multi-media presentation that wows audiences with brilliant moving images and theater-quality sound. The overall kaleidoscope concept was designed by award winning kaleidoscope artist Charles Karadimos. The specially-created video used as the imagery for the kaleidoscope was designed by Isaac Abrams, a pioneer in the psychedelic art movement of the 60’s, and his son, Raphael, a computer artist. Accompanying the visuals is a musical score by Gary Burke, a local composer and drummer who has worked with Frances Ford Coppola and Bob Dylan. Listen for hints of folk, jazz, big band, psychedelic rock and patriotic grandeur.
Better than the Fourth of July!
The video’s 3-dimensional effect is created using a tapered, three-mirror system. Each mirror is 37 feet tall and weighs 2.5 tons. Combined, they form a precise pyramid tapering from 15 feet at the bottom to 5 feet at the top. They reflect a constantly evolving virtual sphere with a 50 foot radius.
Enjoy one of three different Kaleidoshows:
America, The House We Live In:
A look at the history of America from settlement days through the first space walks and the sixties.
A peaceful trip through the seasons
The perfect artistic inspiration for the holiday season.
After the show, spend some time wandering through the Kaleidostore. The Kaleidostore features a collection of spectacular kaleidoscopes, many of which are one-of-a-kind, designed by kaleidoscope artists from around the world. Discover the history and magic of kaleidoscopes when you speak to Linda Prinzivalli – Linda has been with the Kaleidostore since it first opened and is responsible for turning many Emerson guests into Kaleidoscope collectors!
The Kaleidostore is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The Kaleidoshow runs every 10 minutes throughout the day. Admission is $5 per show per person and is complimentary to all Emerson guests. Children 11 and under are free.