Science and art converge in this new art installation that's hanging in London Canal Museum's underground ice well. Called Covariance, it's the fruit of nine months of labor between artist Lyndall Phelps and particle physicist Dr. Ben Still. Created using 385 acrylic discs with patterned with over 28,000 glass beads and 36,000 diamantes, the colorful piece is meant to parallel the construction of a particle. As the artist states, "The rainbow colour spectrum is universally employed to symbolize particle detection and activity in detectors – red being the highest intensity; blue the lowest."
Covariance is the first artwork commissioned by the Institute of Physics in its Superposition series which pairs physicists with artists to explore and contribute to the field of contemporary art. The word Covariance is described as the "measure of the degree to which a change in any number of unrelated things is unified when their environment changes around them." In this project, it has multiple meanings, though mostly it describes the link between the production and location of the installation and that of particle detectors around the world. Every aspect of the design, construction and installation of the artwork draws parallels between that of an actual particle detector.
The hanging installation will be open to the public at the London Canal Museum on select days from now till October 20. You can watch a great video about this uniquely placed artwork at BBC.
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