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Oct 01, 2010
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Oct 01, 2010

Study the science of art and the art of science. - Leonardo da Vinci

Installation artwork by Jo Ann Fleischhauer at the UT Health Science Center at Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, South Campus Research Building 3, 6th floor entryway corridor.

Jo Ann is the Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering (nBME), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Nanotechnology is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally nanotechnology deals with structures sized between 1 to 100 nanometer in at least one dimension, and involves developing materials or devices within that size (from Wikipedia).

The comparative size of a nanometer to a meter is the same as that of a marble to the size of the earth.

Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology. Nanomedicine ranges from the medical applications of nanomaterials, to nanoelectronic biosensors, and even possible future applications of molecular nanotechnology. Current problems for nanomedicine involve understanding the issues related to toxicity and environmental impact of nanoscale materials (Wikipedia).

Key features of the installation are, (1) the granite floor, an inlaid complexity of polyhedra, combining the five platonic solids with carbon 60, or the Buckyball, which became the building block of nanotechnology, (2) the graphics on the walls, and (3) the mirrored ceiling that provides a unique and elegant perspective.

Wall graphics include quotes and the Fibonacci Sequence, an infinite mathematical sequence of numbers starting with 0 or 1 where each succeeding number is the sum of the preceding two. The ratio of subsequent pairs of numbers expresses the “perfect” universal ratio of balance and harmony.

50 separate photographs were stitched together to create this image, a Precision and Approximation project.

culturemap Houston article on this installation:
culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-07-10-art-and-science-meld-in-houston-from-buckyball-to-nanotechnology-to-the-astronaut Will open in a new tab or window/
To see more of Jo Ann's artwork, visit her website at:
www.jofleischhauer.com Will open in a new tab or window/

Gigapan Comments (16)

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  1. co-conspirators

    co-conspirators (November 03, 2010, 06:47PM )

    a 3 foot by 6 foot copy of this images will be on display at Mother Dog Studios during the 2010 Houston artcrawl on November November 20 (in Jo Ann's studio)

  2. jimmah_v

    jimmah_v (October 17, 2010, 02:31PM )

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinc

  3. Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci (October 16, 2010, 05:32AM )

    Fibonacci numbers in popular culture - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_nu mbers_in_popular_culture Will open in
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  4. Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci (October 13, 2010, 04:47AM )

    the true face of Leonardo (TED - Ideas Worth Spreading) - www.ted.com/talks/siegfried_woldhe k_shows_how_he_found_the_true_face_of_leonardo.htm l Will open in a new tab or window - a fascinating 4 minute DVD

  5. co-conspirators

    co-conspirators (October 11, 2010, 05:27PM )

    how big is a nanometer (nm)?- water molecule 0.1 nm - glucose 1 nm - antibody 10 nm - virus 100 nm - bacteria 1,000 nm - blood cells 10,000 nm - strand of hair 100,000 nm - www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/12 /04/fashion/04skin.1.ready.html Will open in
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  6. Jo Ann Fleischhauer

    Jo Ann Fleischhauer (October 11, 2010, 03:06AM )

    The images photographed with one, two or three point perspective are what "Leonardo Dialogo" looks like, while the gigapan image is what "it feels like". Astoundingly, the 220 perspective envelops you in the space. Genius idea and execution by the photographers.

  7. Jo Ann Fleischhauer

    Jo Ann Fleischhauer (October 10, 2010, 01:10PM )

    I didn't know anything about gigapan until I started working with "Precision and Approximation." I went to the gigapan website and discovered once again, that it was an integration of art, science and technology. The important thing for me is that the art doesn't get lost in the technology. Ultimately, the photographer's eye is what creates the magic

  8. jimmah_v

    jimmah_v (October 08, 2010, 03:30PM )

    excellent culture map Houston article on this installation: culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-07-10 -art-and-science-meld-in-houston-from-buckyball-to -nanotechnology-to-the-astronaut Will open in
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  9. Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci (October 07, 2010, 04:02PM )

    The installation “Leonardo Dialogo” is the synthesis of a two year Artist-in-Residency in Dr. Mauro Ferrari’s nanomedicine research laboratory. It was a journey of interfacing with scientists whose passion paralleled the artist’s, but with fundamentally different ways of looking and communicating, to discovering and practicing the collaborative dance with two artist/mathematicians at MIT, and learning and working alongside the artisan fabricators whose expertise and pride in their work was essential in making the concept a reality. - Jo Ann Fleischhauer

  10. Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci (October 05, 2010, 04:02PM )

    Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. - Leonardo da Vinci

  11. dr_marvel

    dr_marvel (October 03, 2010, 07:04PM )

    “Leonardo Dialogo” is an embodiment of a long lost partnership between art and science, where the two were essentially interconnected, and reciprocally necessary to advance each other. It offers an aesthetic and poetic interpretation of art and science’s momentous journey to discovery and mission of healing. - Jo Ann Fleischhauer (friend and artist)

  12. co-conspirators

    co-conspirators (October 03, 2010, 06:09PM )

    "I ventured down a rabbit hole seeking a conversation with art and science." - Jo Ann Fleischhauer (friend and artist)

  13. jimmah_v

    jimmah_v (October 03, 2010, 01:32PM )

    Todays manufacturing methods are very crude at the molecular level. Casting, grinding, milling and even lithography move atoms in great thundering statistical herds. It's like trying to make things out of LEGO blocks with boxing gloves on your hands. Yes, you can push the LEGO blocks into great heaps and pile them up, but you can't really snap them together the way you'd like. In the future, nanotechnology will let us take off the boxing gloves - Dr. Ralph Merkle (www.zyvex.com/nano Will open in
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  14. co-conspirators

    co-conspirators (October 02, 2010, 03:32PM )

    Jo Ann's hauntingly beautiful Pocket Full of Stars Installation - www.jofleischhauer.com/jo_ann_flei schhauer/PocketfulStar.html Will open in
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  15. dr_marvel

    dr_marvel (October 02, 2010, 03:23PM )

    Check out other examples of nanotechnology artwork at: www.nanotech-now.com/nanotechnolog y-art-gallery.htm Will open in
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  16. jimmah_v

    jimmah_v (October 02, 2010, 12:09PM )

    check out Jo Ann's Parasol Project - www.flickr.com/photos/jimmah_v/gal leries/72157624953663759 Will open in
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