Today we took a little trip into Boston to visit Dad’s alma mater, MIT. Dad was mainly driven by a desire to hack the many ingress portals on MIT’s campus, but when I expressed an interest too we decided to take a little tour and explore some of the main campus. It turns out there are lots of art pieces around the campus and neat places that you can explore for free!
We took one of their weekday tours offered at 11AM and 3PM. They’re mostly for potential undergraduate students, but Dad got a kick out of it as an alumnus and we got to hear some interesting anecdotes along the way. Here is our day in pictures–because, you’d be surprised to know, there is art EVERYWHERE at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Some artwork in the basement of the Student Center.
“The Alchemist.” This sculpture was created for these number-loving students’ 150th anniversary in 2011, but everyone loved it so much the artist donated it as a permanent installation.
Dad with the seal! Mans et manus (transl. Mind and hand) is their slogan, emphasizing the importance between theory and practice.
I think I got Dad’s old room in there on the right side.
The entrance to the interfaith chapel on campus. It was very small but lovely.
The altar of the chapel.
Some art by the swimming pool.
MIT Building 7. Probably the most famous building on campus…and is that a hack on top of it?
Another sculpture. This one is used to redirect the wind that used to create a wind tunnel under the building opposite it.
The MIT Stata Center. It looks like it was built by Dr. Seuss. There are almost no linear lines on the inside!
MIT’s famous hacks and their code. In the black of night groups of students will pull pranks which involve elaborate designs and clever schemes. This one commemorates attaching a fire hydrant to a drinking fountain.
This commemorates another famous hack in which students put a police car on the top of the dome. It turns out it was a replica. The squad car number was “pie.”
Dr. Harold Egerton’s Strobe Alley has lots of interactive exhibits in it! Not very well maintained, but really interesting.
Here’s Dad using one. He told me that he asked Doc Egerton to borrow a strobe light for a party they were having! How cool!
We wrapped up at the Theta house. I’m a Theta back at my school.
Then we visited Dad’s fraternity, TDC. Our chapter houses were only 2 houses apart.
It was a beautiful day for a visit!
Safe travels all!!