“Traffic Lights” is a mysterious new photography series from Lucas Zimmermann. The images are simple in composition, yet the foggy scenes deliver a special sense of otherworldly enchantment.
Lucas snapped the 5-20 second exposures at an intersection near Weimar, Germany. The red and yellow lights are natural, but the blue light was created during post-production editing of the green light. Very cool…
LED Light Box:200 × 200 cm, Oil Painting On The Acrylic light film, Water Pool : 500 × 1000cm
Yang Yong Liang is the Chinese contemporary artist responsible for this breathtaking installation titled, “The Moonlight”. The piece was oil painted onto an acrylic light film with LEDs attached to the back. Then, the moonlight was beamed onto a reflective water pool to get this amazing final scene.
Here’s a picture of the piece with the room lights on, to give you an idea of how it was made:
China has been showing a strong interest in the Moon lately. Reportedly, up to 1,000,000 citizens are now working in their space program. They recently launched the Chang’e-3 lunar lander, with the Jade Rabbit Moon rover on board, hoping to achieve a “soft landing,” which would be a critical step on the way to putting a person safely on the Moon.
Here’s an interesting podcast from Science Friday discussing China’s lunar plans. Maybe we will see a race to Mars between the US and China in the near future?
For more artwork from Yang Yong Liang, head over to his site.
“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain will also be a mystery.” – Santiago Ramón y Cajal
I have always found inspiration at the intersection of art and science — believing that each field can be strengthened by the other. Art can grow from science, and science can grow from art. Perhaps no other person in history characterizes this concept stronger than Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Born to an anatomy teacher in 1852 in a small city in northern Spain, Ramón y Cajal went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine in 1906 together with the Italian, Camillo Golgi, “in recognition of their work on the structure of the nervous system.”
left: Cajal Legacy Instituto Cajal (CSIC), Madrid | right: Courtesy Thomas Deerink and Mark Ellisman (NCMIR, UCSD)
Ramón y Cajal became famous for his finely detailed drawings of neuroanatomy that changed our understanding of how the nervous system is connected. In his time, neuroscientists believed that the entire nervous system formed a giant “reticulum,” or web of fibers that linked together in one big structure. Cajal, however, determined that nerve cells were not continuous, but separated, providing definitive evidence for what would later be known as the “neuron doctrine.”
Cajal always had a predilection for art. He was an avid painter, artist, and gymnast, yet all of these activities were actively discouraged by his father. Nonetheless, Cajal developed his artistic skills and applied his talents to drawing the architecture of the nervous system. “Realizing that I had discovered a rich field, I proceeded to take advantage of it, dedicating myself to work, no longer merely with earnestness but with fury,” he wrote inRecollections of My Life. “In proportion as new facts appeared in my preparations, ideas boiled up and jostled each other in my mind.”
Cajal published more than 100 articles in French and Spanish scientific periodicals during his career, focusing on the fine structure of the nervous system and especially of the brain and spinal cord, but he also studied muscles and other tissues in the field of general pathology. As you may notice in the images here, Cajal had a tremendous eye for detail.
Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s research led to our understanding that nerve impulses, or action potentials, jump from cell to cell in the brain. These impulses are what make up all of our thoughts, experiences, memories, and emotions, the fundamental concepts which make us human, and is the reason he is so revered in the field of neuroscience.
Cajal is an inspiring figure and a perfect example of a scientist who flourished through artistic expression. If you want further reading about Santiago Ramón y Cajal, I suggest this quick read, which includes a lot of sage advice for anyone interested in science:
Hominid is a new animated movie by Brian Andrews. To say that it’s a bit creepy is an understatement. He juxtoposed human skeletons into a world of insects, frogs, and spiders to create something truly strange. The whole project is based on a series of similar photo composites which has been exhibited around the world.
Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Infinity Mirrored Room, detail – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Love is Calling, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting element, speakers, and sound. / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Yayoi Kusama in her 2013 solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived in Heaven at David Zwirner, New York. Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc. Photo: Will Ragozzino.
Courtesy Rebecca Dale Photography
Courtesy Steven Meidenbauer
Yayoi Kusama is a prolific artist hailing from Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan, and the Infinity Rooms pictured above are part of her new solo show titled, I Who Have Arrived In Heaven, which is showing at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York.
Using an array of lights and mirrors, Kusama was able to portray the vastness and wonder of the Universe inside a space no larger than a room in your house. It really is a sight to behold!
The work is on view until December 21st, so if you’re in New York City, be sure to experience this for yourself.
This incredible pristine brain specimen is fresh out of Anatomy class at the University of Utah. You can even hear the bone saws humming along in the background! The brain has just been removed from an autopsy of a cancer patient who donated his/her body to science.
As Dr. Suzanne Stensaas points out in the video, the take home message is that human brain is extremely soft and squishy. So wear your helmet!