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Art of Science Gallery 11

Art of Science image titled Air

Scientist Collaborators M Taher A Saif, Onur Aydin, and Bashar Emon

M Taher A Saif Laboratory

Zeiss 710 Multiphoton Confocal Microscope

Funded by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

When the pandemic first hit the U.S., the public initially got mixed messages from the CDC about mask requirements. Over time, however, it became increasingly clear that masks matter. The novel coronavirus can spread through virus-containing droplets: the larger ones tend to fall nearby due to gravity while the smaller ones stay in the air for longer. This image depicts air droplets that are released without a mask.

We are constantly surrounded by over 100,000 bacteria and viruses that are floating all around us. The art reflects the symmetry of geometric shapes and concepts that were pushed center stage during the pandemic. It is inspired by the work of Hilma af Klint, a Swedish artist who specialized in abstract imagery.

Sound by Anders Pollack