The ‘Art of Science’ casts a creative spotlight on Lawrence Livermore science and technology

March 22, 2018
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The Lab’s researchers use powerful, state-of-the-art tools to gather scientific detail from every conceivable angle, from larger than life to the atomic scale (such as this image of dirty graphene). Imagery captured from these tools, whether it’s one of the world’s fastest supercomputers to the most powerful microscope, offers a unique interplay between science and art and proves that art is more than paint on canvas, ink on paper or carved wood or stone. Image by Ryan Chen/LLNL (Download Image)

The ‘Art of Science’ casts a creative spotlight on Lawrence Livermore science and technology

Lynda L Seaver, seaver1@llnl.gov, 925-423-3103

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) researchers use powerful, state-of-the-art tools to gather scientific detail from every conceivable angle, from larger than life to the atomic scale. Imagery captured from these tools, whether it’s one of the world’s fastest supercomputers to the most powerful microscope, offers a unique interplay between science and art and proves that art is more than paint on canvas, ink on paper or carved wood or stone.

“The Art of Science” offers a look at some of that imagery, captured by its scientists, engineers, researchers, photographers and graphic artists. The show takes place at the gallery in the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.

The images on display are meant for their technical utility -- scientists and engineers use these depictions to answer vital questions that enable the Lab to fulfill its missions in national security, additive manufacturing, high energy density physics, counterterrorism, energy sciences and more. Yet the works chosen for “The Art of Science" are just as captivating for their aesthetic quality as their scientific detail. The result? Science that is not stodgy, and art that is not brainless.

“The Art of Science" will be on display at the Bankhead gallery through April 30. Also on display, in the Founder’s Room just to the left of the lobby, is a collection of intricate 3D photography by the Lab’s Kirk Sylvester, who works as a training coordinator in the Security Organization.

For gallery hours, contact the Bankhead at (925) 373-6800 or see the website.

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