Blue Paradox Exhibit:

Museum of Science and Industry

After a sold-out run in London, RadicalMedia brought The Blue Paradox, its breathtaking exhibit on the ocean plastic crisis, to Chicago as a permanent installation.

The focal point of The Blue Paradox is the mirror room. This mirrored cube has a floor of interactive video panels and a curving video panel wall that extends over visitors’ heads, creating the immersive illusion of walking on the ocean floor.

The exhibit’s permanent home is in the Museum of Science and Industry’s East Pavilion—a space that had been closed to the public for more than 20 years.

Upstaging was brought in to install video screens, trusses, and an immersive lighting system designed by Ben Bauer.


Blue Paradox Exhibit blue room
Blue Paradox Exhibit mirror room
Blue Paradox Exhibit blue room

Equipment Installed:


250+ ETC ColorSource V Spots, ColorSource V Fresnels, and ColorSource Deep Blue PARs
Rosco Miro Cube 2 UVs
100+ Rosco X-Effects
Playback via ETC ION XE 20 and Elation Neutron gateways
Remote systems monitoring via Ben Peoples Horatio