Sad. Call it the largest broken heart ever. The old walk-through heart at the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago is gone:
The old, walk-through heart -- an iconic object that looms vividly in the memories of generations of museum visitors -- is gone.The heart, with its cheesy "lub dub" heart sounds and carvernous interior certainly made an impression on this fourth grader the first time he saw it.
Built of plaster around a building-support pillar, it could not be dismantled intact. It had to be broken into pieces, Ward said. Several families of workers who built the old heart got pieces as mementos, she said.
"It was very popular for many decades," Ward said, "but it was static, and we have so many new technologies now to make something like that come alive."
PS: The old heart's replacement.