The Art of Science

angelofthewestIt has come to my attention that a number of artists are using science as an inspiration for art, and not in the traditional way that illustrators of science fiction novels have for decades.

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:


nathaliemiebachThen 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.”

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.