Media release: How Cities Work

 

Discover something exciting on every corner this summer at the How Cities Work interactive family exhibition opening at the Museum of Sydney.

Explore the city inside and out, top to bottom in a whole new way at How Cities Work, an exhibition opening at the Museum of Sydney on Saturday 15 December. From sewers to skyscrapers, this interactive family exhibition reveals the secret workings of our busy urban centres. 

Enter an immersive cityscape full of tactile and sensory activities. Peek inside buildings, duck underground, see and hear the city come to life with playful animations, bustling sounds and something new to uncover on every street corner.It’s the city as you’ve never experienced it before.

How Cities Work brings to life the best-selling book of the same name, published by Lonely Planet Kids, and is developed in collaboration with the book’s illustrator and city fanatic, James Gulliver Hancock.

James’ playful obsession with drawing has led him around the world to capture buildings in New York and London and closer to home in Sydney and Melbourne. His illustrations and books have delighted children far and wide.

From cranes to trains, underground to green spaces, the mystery, mayhem and magic of cities captures our imagination.

“This exhibition is a dream project for me. There is something for everyone from ages five – 500,” said James Gulliver-Hancock.

Visitors big and small will traverse a spectacular cityscape full of tactile and sensory activities, including a lively hands-on construction site, a futuristic design station and a towering 2-metre-high cityscape, perfect for Godzilla impersonators and happy-snappers.

“The Busy City interactive wall, with an animated display that responds to touch, is one of my favourites – there’s a bit of magic to it.”

Step inside this illustrated cityscape for an immersive experience with a surprise behind every door.

How Cities Work is an exhibition fit for the savviest of city slickers.

 

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