A colleague recently sent me this link, which is from a show called Incredible Basements. (Hosted by, I might add, Mike Rowe, who has made quite a name for himself by hosting Dirty Jobs.)
Anyhow, the owner of this, er, basement, was inspired by the Museum of Science and Industry‘s Yesterday’s Main Street exhibit, which opened in the 1940s as a way to highlight the progress that had been made over the course of a generation. Yesterday’s Main Street is supposed to replicate a Chicago street in 1910, and features many prominent businesses both past and present.
Well, this homeowner decided to make his own version of Yesterday’s Main Street; check out the video, it’s really kind of amazing:
MSI’s mission statement is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. And it certainly seems as though this man was inspired.
Have you come across any stories like this? Well, maybe not like this, but some other example of museum inspiration leading to a large-scale project? I’m sure there are other stories out there…