Hydrogen, as you’ve never seen it
Finding the art in the Periodic Table.
This is Hydrogen, as visualised by young Australian artists Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim.
In 2017, Kowarsky was commissioned by Quantum Victoria,
a government-funded centre established to promote excellence in STEM
education, to create an installation that would imagine “the birth of
the universe through the lens of the Periodic Table”.
Centre’s director, Soula Bennett, worked with him to select elements
that came into existence in the early universe, along with famous
scientists who would be generally familiar to students. Each piece had
to include not only the element’s symbol and atomic number, but also
scientifically relevant information about its properties and use.
After extensive research, Kowarsky hand drew each piece before sending them to Kim to complete the colour.
The full set of 51 was launched in the Victorian capital, Melbourne, on 18 July, to coincide with celebrations for both The International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT19) and the Apollo 11 moon landing.
You can see them all here.