Scanning Electron Microscope Rose Art

Posted on June 17, 2007  Comments (1)

Rose Petal Installation Inspired by Science:

Carnegie Mellon University School of Art senior Lisa Huyett has created a large-scale installation titled “S.E.M. Rose” (Scanning Electron Microscope Rose), a re-creation of the surface of a rose petal, at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The artist rendered the magnified image of a rose petal using a scanning electron microscope while a student in the university’s interdisciplinary Art and Biology course.

Scanning electron microscopy uses a beam of electrons to reveal the nanostructures of material surfaces at up to one million times their normal size. Under the guidance of Joseph Suhan, electron microscopist at the Electron Microscope Facility in the university’s Mellon College of Science, Huyett magnified a rose petal 500 times, revealing bristly, knob-like structures that make up the velvety appearance of the petal.

Universities allowing students to be inspired by science is great. While creating scientists and engineers is important it is also important to let students studying other area to engage with science. I also enjoy the art inspired by science, including previous posts: Art of Science 2006Get Your Own Science ArtArt of Science at Princeton

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