Visiting Pearls of the Planet at Skylight Studios

When I viewed Life: A Journey Through Time at the Annenberg Space for Photography in November I completely missed one aspect of the exhibit. Somehow I didn’t realize that just across the courtyard from the gallery is Skylight Studios, an annex that features complementary exhibits. Last week found me back in Century City so I decided to check out the companion experience – Pearls of the Planet.

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Pearls of the Planet is an immersive exhibit where you enter a cozy booth to view live feeds of various environments. On my visit the current subject was the Pacific Ocean. In three separate booths you could experience a kelp forest off the Channel Islands, a jellyfish exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific or a beach in Hawaii.

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Needless to say, my favorite was the Hawaiian beach. I settled in a comfy bean bag and relaxed to sounds of the crashing waves. If i imagined long enough I could picture myself there.

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Accompanying the pods are various displays of facts about Pacific Ocean life. I enjoyed reading the informative pieces about the vast body of water that lies at our doorstep.

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Visiting the exhibit made me envious of the folks who work at the adjacent office towers. If I worked nearby I would always be here on my lunch break.

The exhibit is free and runs through March 20.

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