Created by artist Noah Scalin, this portrait series called Natural SelectionÂ depicts famous scientists by using everyday materials. Scalin has chosen some great scientists, whose works have made an incredible impression on our world — Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Alan Turing.
Each portrait is laid out as a diptych, including a portrait of the deceased scientist as well as a representation of their skull. The portraits were created using materials such as feathers, computer keys, and even dice. What do you think of Scalin’s unorthodox portraits? Share with us in the comments!
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A fun, unique, and interactive outdoor light installation combining two of our favorite things — art + science! Created by LGA Architectural Partners for a family in Toronto, Canada, the firm depicted a starry night sky on the family’s garage door.
The design includes representations of the constellations Sagittarius, Scorpio, as well as Orion. The patterns were created using a laser-cutter, after which LED lights were installed Â to illuminate the design from behind — the lights were fitted in the four-inch-deep cavity of the doors.
We absolutely love the installation, and what it adds to the outdoor atmosphere of this home. It’s a true conversation piece, that we’re sure will remain with them for many years. What are your thoughts on the design? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Unique art is our passion, we revel in it! That’s why we’re slightly obsessed with this cool new project by photographer Jon Smith. He focuses on capturing high speed photos ofÂ incandescentÂ light bulbs filled with various objects — liquids, powders, dessert sprinkles. He will sometimes dip the bulbs in paint, before filling them, to create even more of a ‘wow’ factor upon impact. Smith’s mind-bending photos are set to be turned into metal prints, and displayed later this year at a show in the United States.
What do you think of Smith’s cool mix of art + science? Share with us in the comments!
Photo credit: ColossalÂ
Check out these absolutely brilliant photos by Japanese chemist and photographer, R. Tanaka.Â HisÂ goal was to capture a microscopic look into some of the world’s most photogenic elements, and he’s managed to do just that. We’re blown away by this rare mix ofÂ art + science, and his ability to turn these mysterious substances into a work of beauty and intrigue. He’s managed to bring theÂ periodicÂ table of elements to life with his fascinatingÂ project.
Watch him turn elements such as bismuth, platinum, and even lead into art below.
Photo credit: NeatoramaÂ
We’ve recently been hearing some very big, and very interesting news out of the DNA world! Researchers have claimed to have found a moreÂ efficientÂ alternative to storing information on a computer hard drive — rather they are suggesting they have the capabilities to replace the hard drive with DNA.Â Via Engadget:
We’ve seen scientists experiment with DNA as a storage medium — most recently with aÂ Harvard teamÂ fitting 704TB of data onto a single gram of the genetic material — and it looks like that research trend is only picking up. Scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute in the UK have encoded an MP3 file — along with a digital photo and all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnetsÂ – into DNA, with a hulking storage density of 2.2 petabytes per gram. The information was written using the language of DNA’s four bases (A, T, C and G, if you remember high-school bio), and to provide error correction the scientists reserved one of the letters to break up long runs of any of the other three bases. In practice, this system allowed for 100-percent accuracy in sequencing and retrieving the encoded files. Though DNA storage is still quite expensive, the researchers say this method could eventually provide a viable option for archiving information, especially considering DNA’s high capacity and long life span. Still, you won’t be ditching that hard driveÂ justÂ yet.
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Photo credit: The Telegraph
This installation may beÂ art + science at it’s finest! We’re amazed at how innovative, and unique this idea is — to see it in person would be truly thrilling. These photos were created by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, and are a part of his Nimbus series. Here’s some more information behind the photos, via Colossal:
Smildeâ€™s methods … are less mythic and more practical, instead relying on delicate balance of smoke, moisture and light. Of course science aloneÂ doesn’tÂ account for the striking visual impact contained in each image, as the artist carefully selects the perfect location for the creation of each cloud and then painstakingly lights it from behind for the desired effect. Via email Smilde tells me that it can take quite a while to get all of the elements in place for each cloud and that the installation is so fleeting, the use of photography is critical in capturing the split second where everything becomes perfect.
Smilde has three upcoming exhibitions this year includingÂ Ronchini GalleryÂ in London from January 16 through February 16, theÂ SFAC GalleriesÂ in San Francisco from February through April, and atÂ Land of TomorrowÂ in Louisville, Kentucky also from February through April.
If youâ€™re looking to create your own personal work of art, check out ourÂ unique portraitÂ ideas that also combine science and art.
Have you ever seen such an amazing display ofÂ craftsmanship, art, and science? This stunning woodcut print called “The Moon” is currently being produced by Tugboat PrintshopÂ – a shop ran by a husband and wife team who specialize in woodblock prints. According to their site “The Moon” is the largest print they have ever made, measuring in a 36×32″. Once the woodcarving is complete, the image will be hand printed on paper and sent out to those who were lucky enough to get a pre-order in with the shop. You can keep track of the carving process on the shop’s flickr page. What do you think of this duo’s take on art + science? We love it!
Check out these remarkable photographs by Jason Tozer, a London-based photographer. With a special lighting technique he developed himself, Tozer manages to turn regular soap bubbles into stunning macro shots resembling something you would see in space. Via PetaPixel:
All of these bubbles are sitting on a wet ring. This gives me time to set the focus and size of the bubble, and manipluate the colours if I choose to. I blow down a straw to excite the surface of the bubble & spin the colour bands around. Occasionally a bubble will last much much longer than the others and it becomes increasingly clear as the colour bands move to the base. If I blow carefully on these, I can sometimes create the almost colourless textures, the more moon like ones.
I use household detergent with a little bit of glycerine in the mix. That helps with the lengevity of the bubble.
The project isÂ appropriatelyÂ titled “Bubbles”, which became a reality when Tozer was simply trying to test out a new camera. The photographer claims to use very little retouching on his work, so what you are seeing here is the authentic details and colours of the bubbles.
If you love thisÂ couplingÂ of science + art, be sure to check out our DNA portraits!
The Space Shuttle Challenger meets the DodgeÂ Challenger, NASA’s Liberty Bell 7Â meetsÂ Philly’s Liberty Bell, and the Viking Probe resembles Eric the Red. These are just a few “NASA Mashups” created by artist Doug Pedersen, in his 6 part series which matches NASA creations with their earthly equals. Via Wired:
Pedersen credits the inspiration for the series to a lifelong love of NASA and space exploration along with the resurgence of interest that surrounds Curiosity landing on Mars. â€śI had also just finished reading Neil deGrasse Tysonâ€™sÂ Space ChroniclesÂ and was probably inspired by that a bitâ€ť, he adds.
Though the overall concept is quite straightforward (pick a classic NASA spacecraft, combine it with another pop-culture icon that has the same name), Pedersen says that the devil is in the details. In particular, getting the text captions right for each diagram was tricky. â€śThey had to be sort of funny yet relate to both the craft and pop-culture icon.â€ťÂ He nails it with MPG figures that include â€śearth orbitâ€ť, andÂ mission objectives that add â€śConquerâ€ť, â€śBurnâ€ť, and â€śPillageâ€ť to the standard scientific fare.
Pedersen wanted to â€śgive the pieces a feeling as though theyâ€™d been buried in some NASA file cabinet that no one had bothered to look through in decadesâ€ť. Â He added someÂ agingÂ effects and even graph lines to the artwork to give it this effect. We love his attention to detail, as well as his pairing of science + art in this project.
We’ve created a mashup of our own with genetics and art! Check out our DNA Portraits.Â
Yes, you read that right! Pictured above are two famous portraits that were re-created using a special photo-printing method that actually involves the use of E. coli bacteria. The method was developed by former microbiologist Zachary Copfer, who can now add artist to his list of talents. Via PetaPixel:
Hereâ€™s how Copferâ€™s method works: he first takes a supply of bacteria like E. coli, turns it into a fluorescent protein, and covers a plate with it …Â Next, he creates a â€śnegativeâ€ť of the photo he wants to print by covering the prepared plate with the photo and then exposing it to radiation. He then â€śdevelopsâ€ť the image by having the bacteria grow, and finally â€śfixesâ€ť the image by coating the image with a layer of acrylic and resin.
Using this process, he creates images of things ranging from famous individuals to Hubble telescope photos of galaxies.
Do you love the mash up of biology and art as much as we do? Be sure to read up on Zachary’s method, and check out more of his genetically modified photos.
If you’re looking to create your own personal work of art, check out our unique portrait ideas that also combine science and art.