Scientific art: It is so beautiful when physics meets technology

5 Mar 2016

We live in an amazing time where thanks to technology, art and science, artists can mould science into the most mesmerising and beautiful creations

Witness the most mesmerising creations – from kinetic wind-powered sculptures to sound waves in water, the fluid dynamics of liquid mercury and face and projection mapping. It is glorious!

Every day offers up sights we could only imagine thanks to the power of the internet for surfacing the most dynamic scientific art where the beauty of physics, gravity and chemistry collide and offer amazing kaleidoscopes our minds could never conjure up.

Imagine if you will that I am your curator on a journey into the world of scientific art for a morning. Welcome to my museum of scientific art:

The projection-mapped Tiny Chef

Antoon Verbeeck and Filip Sterckx of Skullmapping studio have created Le Petit Chef by using projection mapping, which maps light onto any surface, turning common objects of any 3D shape into interactive displays. In this scenario, witness the entertaining site of a tiny chef putting food on your plate.


Kinetic sculptures

Anthony Howe is an American kinetic sculptor who creates wind-driven sculptures resembling pulsing, alien creatures and vortices.

Sound waves in water

What does a sound wave look like? Science photographer Linden Gledhill decided to find out by using water, neon lights and an amp connected to a computer that ran sine wave generating software. Gledhill captured these images from above the surface of the water. She has a whole collection over on Flickr.





Fluid dynamics in mercury

Researchers are without realising it becoming artists in their own right as their discoveries aided by the latest imaging technology reveal extraordinary sights never witnessed by the human eye before. In the case of these researchers at Argonne National Laboratory who have demonstrated the fluid dynamics of turbulent liquid mercury, they have created something beautiful.


Face-mapping using CGI and 3D modelling

Japanese artist Nobumichi Asai and Studio WOW recently teamed up with Intel’s #ExperienceAwesome campaign to create a face-mapped art performance by scanning a model’s face and creating motion graphics on top of a 3D model of her head.

Mechanical clock that writes the time every minute


Engineered by students at the Tohuku University of Art and Design in Japan, this clock uses 400 wooden components to manipulate arms that write out the time every minute on a magna doodle toy that can be erased before the new time is applied. Beautiful.

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