An exhibition of art, created from and inspired by the solar system
and the scientific data with which we explore it.
December 4, 2013 from 6-10pm
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
1629 E University Blvd
Tucson AZ 85721
What a great night everyone! Thanks to all the 70 artists and scientist and >300 attendees that made this event so memorable. We'll post the list of participants soon, along with some pictures. We're trying to make this our first annual, so keep your eyes open for news of next year's event!
The universe is vast and beautiful and we humans are unable to resist its pull at our inquisitiveness. Our curiosity drives us to study and explore our place in space and what holds us here. As planetary scientists, we study what's going on in our own solar system. We study the origin of the planets, the forces that move and hold them in orbit, the nature of their surfaces and atmospheres, and the mysteries of their interiors. We study the massive sun and the infinitesimal asteroids and comets. Through science, we seek to understand the history and possible futures of our solar system (and others!) and the laws that govern them. What others see as numbers, charts, and equations, we see as relationships and processes. Science is elegant and beautiful, and requires an enormous amount of thought, creativity, and attention to detail. Creating scientific knowledge is not unlike creating art, so come take a new look at our work through an artist’s eyes.
Our event will be two-fold. We will exhibit works of art created by scientists from their own scientific data, or inspired by the physical processes they study. However, we also hope to bridge the boundary between the science and art communities in Tucson by exhibiting planetary science-inspired work from the local community. Works will span across various media, including images, paintings, sculptures, films, etc. We hope that by bringing artists and scientists together, we can accomplish a greater understanding of each other and an overall greater appreciation of the solar system.
More than 70 local artists and scientists have submitted works in a variety of mediums, from paintings, prints, and photographs to sculptures and glasswork! Winners and selected works will be featured at Craft Tucson and Tucson Museum of Art’s Art on Tap: Art, Beer and Music Fest on December 7th.
We’ll see you there! And don't forget to check us out on Facebook!