No, these artists are using science as an integral part of their body of work.
Take for example, “Angel of the West” (pictured here — click on the image to see a larger view). Created by former experimental physicist, Julian Voss-Andreae, for the new Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., this piece is based on the human immune system’s key molecule, the antibody, as well as Leonardo Da Vinci’s model of the human body.
Originally from Germany, Voss-Andreae has been working as a sculptor in the Portland, Ore., for the past four years. He started out as a painter, but then switched to physics. His graduate research in physics was in Anton Zeilinger’s lab in Vienna and helped demonstrate quantum mechanical wave properties for C-60 Buckyballs.
Here’s a mini-documentary of his artistic work, which has captured the attention of multiple institutions and collectors in the U.S and abroad:
Then you have Nathalie Miebach, an artist who weaves scientific data related to meteorology, climate change, and astronomy into brightly colored, three-dimensional sculptures. A special showing of her work will be held on March 11 at the Boston Museum of Science as part of the ongoing series When Science Meets Art.
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Where Science Meets Art
A selection of NPR stories that explore “the unexpected intersections of two seemingly different disciplines — art and science.”