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Science World Hosts Emily Carr/TRIUMF Art

04 April 2012

Starting this Easter weekend, Science World is hosting a collection of art created from TRIUMF's Artist's in Residence program. Inspired by physics and visits to the lab, the art was created by students from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 

These pieces will be displayed for the first time at Science World in the Telus World of Science and are hung around the premises, providing visitors of all ages an opportunity to contemplate science from an artistic perspective. 

Liz Toohey-Wiese (’11), one of the artists selected for this year’s exhibit, co-created a piece with Dan Crawford (photo, right). They used typed words on recipe cards to visually explain a very strange concept in physics: particle duality in quantum mechanics. In quantum mechanics, a particle can exist in multiple states at once, until one is selected or chosen. 

Says Toohey-Wiese, “I realized that quantum mechanics is like a day. Anything is possible in the morning when you wake up, and at the end of the day, you can look back and see what did happen.”

Since her experience working with researchers, Toohey-Wiese now begins her projects with a more scientific process. She undertakes research before creating a piece, and shares the ideas with a variety of different peers to gain insights, which can lead to artistic discoveries.  

David Morrissey, a theoretical physicist at TRIUMF, who explores the physics behind dark matter and the yet