Magic of Material and Light

Krista Walsh adding to the installation
Krista Walsh adding to the installation

Last weekend, the museum held the Magic of Material and Light workshop so visitors could experiment with translucent and reflective materials like pop bottles, CDs, and plastic plates. Visitors used light to transform these everyday items into beautiful sculptures.

Our workshop was inspired by the artist Krista Walsh. For the past month, Krista has been creating a new installation in the new Light space in the Experiment Gallery. In her installation, Krista projects four kinds of light (red, blue, yellow, and white) on a bright wall, creating unique and interesting reflections and shadows.

At our workshop, we invited museum visitors to try adding their own creations to a “community installation." Check out their artwork below!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Anonymous says:

Why in the world would a science museum have an artist in residence instead of a scientist in residence?

posted on Wed, 01/03/2007 - 9:30pm
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Anonymous says:

I loved this workshop! It was so cool to experience how different light could make things look, and the way color changed was amazing. Seeing kids experience this hands-on was so satisfying; you get such a different understanding by DOing as opposed to being told "white light has a spectrum of colors in it." Thanks!

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 3:34pm
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Anonymous says:

At the museum we have many "scientists in residence" as volunteers leading experiments, and scientists researching in the Research and Collections Department and at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. We also invite artists to help us investigate and see the world in new, rich ways. The artistic process often intersects and mimics the scientific approach to solving a problem.

For example, by creating an art installation with materials and colored light, Krista and the visitors who participated with her explored the shadows and reflection that different materials make, how colored light mixes, and how people can collaborate to discover something new. These processes of observing, experimenting, and collaborating are critical to the work of scientists, as well as artists.

posted on Mon, 01/08/2007 - 8:30pm

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