On Valentine’s weekend we had several of our photographer friends from Flickr come to the museum to participate in Wikipedia Loves Art, a contest aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. We had over 40 photographers arrive and split into teams to see who could get the most and best shots of our artifacts. Sulla55 created this shot to depict the event. Here’s what Sulla55 had to say about the image.
I created this shot in honor of the ‘Wikipedia Loves Art’ event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on February 15, 2009. Many thanks to Erin for arranging this opportunity, and for the Museum for being so photographer-friendly. I used Bananagrams tiles (similar to Scrabble) and my HO scale miniature photographers. Not a very complicated set-up: I used an Ott light and the top of my microwave. 🙂
The photos submitted from the Wikipedia Loves Art event were amazing. I only wish we could show every photo on our blog – but you can check them all out here. Erin and I want to give a big thanks to everyone who came and made this event such a success.
On Valentine’s weekend, the Museum hosted a meetup in conjunction with Wikipedia Loves Art – a world-wide, museum-based, photo scavenger hunt organized by the Brooklyn Museum. It’s a take-off on Valentine’s Day that shares the love among photographers on Flickr, anyone who’s ever used Wikipedia (read: everyone) and museums across the globe.
Forty photographers showed up to hunt all over the Museum for photographs needed to illustrate Wikipedia articles. Their images are flooding into the Houston Museum of Natural Science pool on Flickr – and they are stunning! (Seriously, go check them out.) A few people stayed after for this quick snapshot – but there were many others who donated their time to help Wikipedia. A huge thank you to everyone who was there!
You can participate by shooting pictures of the items on the HMNS goal list any time in the month of February – but we’re also hosting a Wikipedia Loves Art meetup on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. The meetup will include free access to the permanent exhibition halls as well as conservatory and entomology exhibits at the Cockrell Butterfly Center for all registered Wikipedia Loves Art photographers. Before coming to the meetup, please be sure to register online. Check in will be at a table in the Grand Hall.