ASHLAND, NE – (Dec. 15, 2015) The Strategic Air & Space Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of Science & Art, a popular traveling exhibit from the Museum of Discovery, Arkansas. Science & Art is a highly interactive exhibit that introduces visitors to works of art that illustrate how science and art intersect in real life.
Science & Art is organized into five mini-exhibits featuring projects created by artists who have specific masteries in scientific areas. The displays are designed to show that art and science have much in common. Visitors will experience science from a fresh point of view as they see how art can be used to convey scientific ideas and phenomena.
The first stop in the gallery features Origami sculpture work by Robert Lang, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading origami masters with more than 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed. Lang’s work shows how following simple folding rules and some basic mathematical principals allows the creation of a complex and beautiful 3D world of art made from paper. Visitors may fold their own work of art to take home.
Next, visitors will be directed to the “Beautiful Worm,” which combines biology and photography, offering a unique window into the world of scientific research as interpreted through art. This part of the exhibit showcases research of the C. elegans worm by Ahna Skop, Ph.D., assistant professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin. A real microscope with video head allows visitors to look at live specimens and illustrates what researchers such as Skop have learned from this creature.
Visitors will also enjoy the creations of 1-Bit Music inventor Tristan Perich. The 1-Bit is part art, part physics and part mathematics. 1-Bit compositions are delivered to listeners via an on/off switch, micro-chip, battery, earphone jack and volume control all squeezed into a plastic CD case.
Wearable computers can also be found on display in “Science & Art.” Leah Buechley, assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), uses electronics and textiles to build soft wearable computers. A display of Buechley’s work allows visitors to select and see the different LED display patterns designed and programmed into the fabric.
Rounding out the exhibit is electronic artist and computer scientist Scott Snibbe who introduces visitors to the concept of the nano-scale. “Three Drops,” is a multimedia experience that requires participants to move in front of a large screen to interact with projections of water at the macro, micro and then nano-scale and allows them to experience how the physical properties of water change at these three different scales.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum, with the help of donations from sponsors, seeks to bring two popular traveling exhibits to the community annually. The museum focuses on fun interactive exhibits that teach and support lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content. The exhibits are open to the general public but are also popular amongst school field trips.
Science & Art is free with paid admission to the Museum – $12 adult; $11 seniors and Military; $6 youth over 4 years, free for Museum members.