Since the mid 1950s, the Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics has occupied a unique place in Fort Bragg’s cultural history. Initiated in the early 1950s under the guise of Larry Spring’s Zenith Television Store, the Museum took root when Larry Spring began to fabricate his demonstration models and share his alternative ideas about physics in his storefront.
Common Sense Physics was how Larry Spring described his amateur work, investigations, and homespun notions of physical phenomena. He aspired to make the invisible, visible, through his production and collection of artifacts and objects inspired by what he understood to be his keen powers of observation. 'Let the Energy be Your Teacher' was his common sense mantra. Found objects and repurposed artifacts were important materials and all in line with his common sense, waste not want not ethos. Fragments of things became things in their own right — a tuna can became a motor, a collection of rocks became a dinner party, an assortment of carton lids became a storage system. Each object took on a different meaning and function according to his use, and as always, became part of his kinetic method of inquiry.
The Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics is a living archive of ideas and a place that passionately expands a sense of what is possible. In an age where everything seems to have been explored, the Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics celebrates an alternative way of investigating the world.