Dog owners out there may sympathize whit this: say you are outside walking your dog and are approached by friendly strangers who ask to pet him. Your dog just mediated a conversation with a stranger that would have not happen otherwise.
Like a dog, a museum object offers an excuse for strangers to have a conversation.
This giant drill illustrates hydro frakking at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s energy hall. If this seems controversial it’s because it is: is the museum celebrating such technique, or opening up for debate among visitors?