Art vs Science

Sorry, I’m not going to be talking about the band although they are on a few of my playlists..

This is about mixing art and science.

As scientists we witness amazing thing of nature and it is a great pity that so few of us share the beauty of  Science, and not just marine science of course! Here are a couple of art projects on pteropods.

In 2011 the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution team I collaborate with since 2012 invited the sculptor Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh to join them on the field. While they were sailing the North Atlantic and capturing pteropods Cornelia was taking in the beauty on Science live and uncensored.

WHOI logo

WHOI logo

WHOI - Pteropods and Ocean Acidification Project logo

WHOI – Pteropods and Ocean Acidification Project logo

She created some lovely sculptures of sea butterflies (Blue Mountain Gallery in NYC)

Cornelia's Limacina helicina (credits: G. Lawson)

Cornelia’s Limacina helicina (credits: G. Lawson)

The Pteropod Project at Blue Mountain Gallery [Photo: D. Allison]

The Pteropod Project at Blue Mountain Gallery [Photo: D. Allison]

Cornelia's Limacina retroversa (Credts: G. Lawson)

Cornelia’s Limacina retroversa (Credts: G. Lawson)

Another project this team has been involved in is Synergy (http://synergyexhibit.org/ks-ocean-acidification-sculpture/). Sophie Chu is a PhD candidate (marine chemistry) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To contribute to Synergy, Sophie is working with sculptor  Karen Ristuben on Ocean Acidification.
The Synergy exhibit will soon be hosted at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC!!

Sophie and Karen (credits: Synergy project)

Sophie and Karen (credits: Synergy project)

Ocean Acidification sculpture (credits: Synergy project)

Ocean Acidification sculpture (credits: Synergy project)

And now, something little bit closer to home… Here, at the University of Western Australia / Oceans Institute we are playing host to the Spanish photographer Joan Costa. Joan specialises in capturing research being undertaken. He was recently awarded the World Press Photo Award (2012). And has captured nice pictures of pteropods in the past:

Cavolinia (Credits: Joan Costa)

Cavolinia (Credits: Joan Costa)

So my hopes are pretty high we will get something amazing done! Stay tuned!

If you would like more info about the Woods Hole team I collaborate with or Cornelia, Karen, Sophie, Joan and their science/artsy projects follow the links below!

https://www.whoi.edu/people/glawson/

http://synergyexhibit.org/ks-ocean-acidification-sculpture/

http://funwithkrill.blogspot.com.au/

Joan Costa, Spanish photographer (@somenjoan on Twitter)

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