Visitors, please note that the RMSC Museum will be CLOSED for deep cleaning from Monday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 24.

Strasenburgh Planetarium will be open only for performances of "Labyrinth" as part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.

Cumming Nature Center will remain OPEN.

The Somaini Sculpture

“In gleaming, polished bronze and twisted rough metal, the sculpture, 17 feet high, stands for all time before the Strasenburgh Planetarium, symbolizing the expansive thrust of man’s wonderment of the Universe.

"It is the creation of Francesco Somaini, of Lake Como, Italy, internationally recognized sculptor who works only in metal – ‘the material of our time.’”

— From the program for the unveiling ceremony on September 19, 1970

The sculpture on the East Avenue side of the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium was added after the completion of our building. It was dedicated on the second anniversary of the Planetarium’s opening. The sculpture was commissioned specifically for the Planetarium and purchased with a gift from Mr. Emil Muller, who was chairman of the building committee for the Planetarium and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Click here for the website devoted to the career and work of sculptor Francesco Somaini.

Click here for the story behind the sculpture as it appeared in an RMSC press release that was issued when the commission was awarded to Mr. Somaini (before the sculpture was created).


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