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Goggles at the ready as science meets art

David Whelan

Published 15/07/2011 | 05:00

Arsenic wallpaper, liquid nitrogen bananas and a diamond ring made from a 68-year-old man are just some of the elements on show as chemistry meets art this summer.

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The Elements exhibition opens today in the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and runs until September 23.

Other exhibits include an individual list of atomic ingredients and a complex musical periodic table by Daniel O'Donovan, a curator of chemistry at TCD.

"A lot of people view chemistry as an intellectual pursuit but it's a very immediate thing as well; these things happen in your hands," he said.

"Chemistry excels in these types of spaces because it appeals to a five-year-old and a 35-year-old."

An element-based artwork from Anthony Gormley and Cornelia Parker also features.

Science Gallery director John Gorman said: "We want people to think about the creative potential of chemistry."

The exhibition will move to Italy when it finishes in Dublin.

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