New art show at Eden links the human body and the rainforest
A new exhibition was launched on Friday (December 11) at the Eden Project that explores the parallels between ecosystems within the human body and the rainforest.
The Micro-Macro Exhibition features artwork from students at local secondary schools. Teachers and students from Bodmin College, Fowey River Academy and Penrice Academy attended the launch to see their art work on display.
Schools were asked to create three to seven pieces of art work of either diamond shaped wall art, 2D wall art or 3D sculpture, along with captions and information about the piece.
From each school there were 10 - 15 students – approximately half art and half science - selected to participate. In addition to these students each school chose a small group of media students to film and edit the process from day one through to the day the works of art were finished.
They worked closely with Robbie Kirkman, education officer at Eden, and their science and art teachers to create their art. They were also lucky enough to work with Dr Mike Wilson, Professor of Microbiology at UCL and professional artists such as Rebbeca D. Harris, Aimee Lax and Mellissa Fisher.
At the launch event students and teachers alike were able to see the works of art on display, discuss them and present the films to the other schools.
Robbie Kirkman said: “The Micro-Macro Project has been a great opportunity for local students to work creatively together and alongside talented scientists and artists.
“Through their artwork they have captured the biological themes that underpin ecosystems on a variety of scales and built a bridge between our famous Rainforest Biome and our Invisible You exhibition.
“We are really impressed with the art work that the students have produced in response to the brief and we would like to thank the students and staff for all of their hard work.”
The Micro-Macro exhibition is now in the Core education building just outside of the ‘Invisible You, The Human Microbiome’ exhibit.
The ‘Invisible You, The Human Microbiome’ exhibit is a permanent exhibition supported by the Wellcome Trust. The exhibit allows visitors to take a closer look at the invisible ecosystem within the human body.
Human Microbiome is the phrase used to refer to the community of microbes, comprising bacteria, fungi and viruses that live on and in every one of us.
Eden invited a handful of talented artists to help bring this invisible world to life. Many of them collaborating with scientists, the artists created an amazing collection of artwork, installations and interactive pieces, which can be seen in the exhibit today.