The Exhibition Hall is 1.5 stories high and has a domed ceiling simulating the night sky. The first thing one might notice, however, is the 6-foot glass mosaic tile floor designed by the famous artist Clayton Bryant Young. When Dr. Webb saw Mr. Young’s spectacular 16-foot glass tile mosaic floor installed at the Imiloa Science Center in Hawaii, he decided this was the type of image that should greet students and visitors upon entering the new FIU science center. Mr. Young was commissioned to paint an original design for the center: Starlit Journey.
The Stocker AstroScience Center mosaic showcases the transition from Everglades environment to space. It’s illuminated by a spectacular chandelier hanging from the starry domed ceiling giving the visitor the impression of walking into a multi-dimensional space. Along the circular walls, students and visitors can enjoy exhibits displaying astronomical photos made by local astro-photographers, historical astronomy exhibits, and other astronomy-themed displays. In addition to its function as a museum and display room, this room is an ideal location to host small gatherings.