Explore eight art installations inspired by folkloric creatures such as Bigfoot, Nessie & more. This exhibit is outdoors and available 24/7.
Follow a map to find items across the museum campus left behind by famous “cryptids” – creatures known from folklore or legend, like Bigfoot, Mothman and a Pegasus. Use your smartphone to listen to an audio tour with stories about each critter that are voiced by museum staff and friends.
This self-guided, entirely outdoor experience for all ages was created by artist Owen Lowery and can be explored following all social distancing guideline
The Cryptid Critter Crawl features eight outdoor installations created by Pittsburgh-based interactive artist Owen Lowery are ready for kids and families to explore.
Cryptids are creatures from folklore and legend, the existence of which is not proven by scientific observation. The Cryptid Critter Crawl features ‘artifacts’ – physical sculptures and installations located across the Children’s Museum campus – from well-known cryptids such as Bigfoot, Nessie and Mothman, plus several more to discover and learn about.
The 8 site-specific Cryptid artifact sculptures installed around the museum campus include:
● The Museum Space Goo
● Mothman’s Chrysalis
● Hibernating Jackalopes
● Nessie’s Neck Cover
● Bigfoot’s Lost Shoe
● Pegasus Nest
● Puddle of Squonk
● Yateveo’s Spice Rack
Hand crafted signage for each artifact includes stories and directs viewers to a mobile website, www.cryptidcrittercrawl.com, that offers each Cryptid’s backstory, and audio tales voiced by museum staff, a map of the artifacts and supplemental material such as coloring sheets.
The Cryptid Critter Crawl installation is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day and can be interacted with while following all social distancing guidelines, along with other items in the museum’s expanding outdoor footprint such as the garden and Los Trompos
The installation is semi-permanent and will be featured on campus for the summer.
Artist Owen Lowery shared his hopes for the exhibit: “The Crawl was created for everyone – children, families, friends, awkward couples on a first date. I’m hoping it will let people explore something strange and curious, learn about unique folklore, have a few chuckles, and maybe spark some deeper conversations. The Cryptid Critter Crawl is a world filled with the strange and unfamiliar, just like our own, where it’s much better to be curious than afraid.”