Do you remember the first time you held a kaleidoscope to your eye and beheld a brilliant burst of color and form? And then, with just the slightest movement, the image was gone- fleeting as time itself- but replaced with another vista just as breathtaking.
Whether you are a longtime collector or just an admirer of the beauty and form of kaleidoscopes, we invite you to spend time with us, learn more about kaleidoscopes, and experience the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope- a multi-media experience that wows audiences with brilliant moving images and theatre quality sound.
Standing at 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter, the silo from the farm originally built on the former Riseley Flats was transformed into the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope. The connected barn on the property that was built in 1860 is now the Emerson Country Stores.
The result of the idea is a visual/sound experience for folks of all ages. When you step into the inside of the silo, you are stepping into the kaleidoscope. The top of the silo is where the magic happens. Through the use of projected moving images and mirrors, the world’s largest kaleidoscope replicates the kind that you hold against your eye and manipulate by turning your hand. The world’s largest is more fun, though, since you can lie on the floor and look up. If you don’t want to lie on the floor, you can lean against the wall and look up as well. The show changes seasonally and each reflects the theme of the Catskills.
Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest at 56 feet long (the size of the old barn’s silo), the concept was designed by award-winning kaleidoscope artist Charles Karadimos, with its initial specially created imagery-based video designed by psychedelic art pioneer Isaac Abrams and his son Raphael, a computer artist. With theater-quality surround sound and a musical score by composer and drummer Gary Burke, the kaleidoscope’s main presentations utilize video playing off a three-dimensional three-mirror system that creates “a precise pyramid tapering from 15 feet at the bottom to five feet at the top, which reflect a constantly evolving virtual sphere with a 50-foot radius.”
Sunday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Emerson Country Stores will be closed for maintenance January 7-11.
$5 per person, per show.
Children 11 and under are free.