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Art of Science Exhibition

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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The psychedelic patterns of the microscopic
The stereotypical white-coated scientist peering into a microscope is as far removed from my idea of what an artist looks like as I could imagine! And who would think that there could be beauty in a cell so tiny it can't be seen by the naked eye?

And yet, at a microscopic level, there is perhaps nothing so beautiful. Each organism is unique, each has its distinctive patterns and colours. This is the concept for a stunning exhibition - 'Art in Science' - being presented by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. As part of the research process, scientists collect and present data in a visual way, often with spectacular results, and that is what you will see displayed in this exhibition.

Art of Science Exhibition
Aggregated assault, by Mr Tan Nguyen and Mr Blake Smith

The 'Art of Science' exhibition showcases the top 15 entries in an annual image competition at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, celebrating the beauty in medical research.

Expect to see blossoming buds, colour-streaked proteins and psychedelic patterns that are not only beautiful and intriguing, but also reveal the behaviour of the cells, proteins and chemical processes within cells and the body.

Celestial buds
Celestial buds, by Dr Maree Faux

This FREE exhibition is being held at NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street (between Southern Cross Station and Etihad Stadium) from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August 2014. You can view the exhibition from 7am to 7pm.

You will also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite image in the 2014 People's Choice Awards. To view an online gallery of the images and cast a vote for your favourite image, click here.

Branches of life
Branches of life, by Ms Emma Watson

Come along and see the colourful, unique and microscopic view the Walter and Eliza Hall researchers have of the biomedical world!

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

All images in this article were provided by and used with the kind permission of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Interested in helping medical research? Click here to get more information on how you can support the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
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Why? Stunning and unique microscopic images
When: 7.00am - 7.00pm, Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August
Where: NAB Docklands (between Southern Cross Station and Etihad Stadium)
Cost: FREE
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Microscopic images are very beautiful, and definitely look like works of art sometimes.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2180 days ago
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