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Rate the Risk

At Rate the Risk, visitors are encouraged to consider simple environmental risk concepts (e.g., pollution, the loss of species, climate change, the quality of tap water, the impact of individual actions, nonpoint vs. point pollution, etc.) and vote on “What concerns you most?” To vote, users place a red Plexiglas peg in a hole surrounding that risk, which then lights up like a LiteBrite. Visitors can move pegs from one risk to another as they wish, creating an ever-changing physical expression of collective opinion. This user-generated sculpture will always be in flux, representing the diversity of views as they flow through the museum.

The Rate the Risk experience is intended to reflect current events in order to make direct links to contemporary issues that are often hard to address in museum exhibitions.


Public Opinion, Current Events, Environmental Impact


Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA

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