Our Top 5 Picks from the World of Science & Art

Science and art would be considered by many people to be poles apart, with one having no bearing on the other. Well, working in this industry we all know that's not true. Art and science does combine naturally and regularly. Especially at the moment where it seems anatomy is becoming an increasingly popular subject. Look at the millions who attended the Gunther von Hagens plastinacion exhibition. Art and science are meeting in amazing, wonderful inspiring ways. So that's what we are looking at today. With so many examples to choose from we have picked just five of a mixture of artistic creations using anatomy, collaborations of artists and scientists, of musicians who perform with instruments that have been 3D printed, to beautiful anatomical sculptures made of grass. Written by

Mathilde Roussel

Our first example is a French artist called Mathilde Roussel based in Paris. Her work is a sensible and symbolic research about the nature of physical life.
In her words "Lives of Grass sculptures show the effects of transformation of the material as a metaphor of the transformation of the body. Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat might make us more sensitive to food cycles in the world - of abundance, of famine - and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality."


Mathilde Roussel's Grass Sculpture Close Up Mathilde Roussel's Grass Sculptures

Ulric Collette

Canadian based photographer and graphic designer Ulric Collette initially came up with the concept of combining two different faces from the same family by accident whilst using Photoshop, resulting in a whole exhibition titled Genetic Portraits. Maybe started by accident, but the results are amazing.


Ulric Collette's image of a girl

3D Printing Show, London

3D printing has been threatening to come of age for a long time now. The organisers of this year's 3D Print Show in London, held recently, claim it is about to change the world, in the same way the internet changed things in the 1990s.


BBC News review of 3D printing show in London
Artwork by Marc Quinn

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Marc Quinn

One of the Young British Artists, Marc Quinn is well known for his sculpture, paintings and drawings that explore ideas around how the body can change or be changed, including by disability, cosmetic surgery and genetic modification, and has famously used his own blood in some of his works.



Can Science put a value on Art?

Brain scan images

Brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder affect tens of thousands of US veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is known that art therapies can help with the psychological effects of these invisible wounds, but can they promote physical healing?

A top military hospital near Washington is conducting the first comprehensive clinical tests to find out how art works.

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence is carrying out the study as part of a broader effort to measure the value of creative endeavours in all stages of human development. Listen to the BBC's Jane O'Brien interview when she went to the new military medical facility at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to find out more.


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