Robert Harrison

Exploration Arches

Designed and built over a three year period (2007-1010), Exploration Arches are meant to intrigue and entice the viewer to enter Exploration Works: A Museum of Science and Culture in Helena, Montana. Each arch has a theme (the human body, nature and technology) that relates to educational programs run by the museum. The arches are site-specific, built on site and taper in size from the largest welcoming human body arch to the smallest technology arch just before you enter the museum.


The materials are carefully selected to resonate with the community. The concrete walkway between the arches has been incised and stained blue to suggest the local streams and rivers that bind the landscape together and encourage the viewer to enter the museum.