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Monday 22 January 2018

Goggles at the ready as science meets art

David Whelan

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.

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.

Irish Independent

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