SAC Exhibit combines Science and Art

Posted at 3:05 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 17:42:48-04

The Strategic Air & Space Museum will be home for just a few more weeks to Science & Art, a popular traveling exhibit from the Museum of Discovery, Arkansas. Science & Art is a 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 experience science from a fresh point of view as they see how art can be used to convey scientific ideas and phenomena.

Interactives include:

  • Origami sculpture work by Robert Lang, Ph.D., one of the world's leading origami masters with more than 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed. Visitors may fold their own work of art to take home.
  • A combination of biology and photography in "Beautiful Worm," which shows 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.
  • 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 from Leah Buechley. The 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.
  • Scott Snibbe 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.

Science & Art is free with paid admission to the SAC museum - $12 adult; $11seniors and Military; $6 youth over 4 years, free for museum members.