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Interesting contraption in a nook at Spanish Village. Interesting contraption in a nook at artsy Spanish Village.

In a nook of Balboa Park’s Spanish Village, right next to the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society building, you’ll find this interesting contraption. Is it an antique device once used to navigate a ship? Is it a microscope? What is it?

It’s a kaleidoscope mounted above a revolving bowl of flowers! Instead of turning the kaleidoscope tube, you whirl the bowl of blooms and watch different colorful patterns form through the lens. Several mirrors in the tube create the complex symmetry.

Once I figured out what the contraption was, I tried putting my camera right up to the eyepiece. I got a bunch of interesting photos!

A kaleidoscope aimed at turning bowl of flowers. A kaleidoscope aimed at turning bowl of flowers.

Mirrors of kaleidoscope turn flower blooms into art. Mirrors of kaleidoscope turn flower blooms into art.

Revolving the bowl turns flowers and leaves into amazing patterns. Revolving the bowl turns flowers and leaves into amazing patterns.

Infinite beauty created via the reflection of light. Infinite beauty created via the reflection of light.

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