Physics and the Arts
Most people do not think of science and the arts mixing much, but I have been getting many lessons lately from Kristin at radioactive-banana.com. So I was primed to appreciate the story on sculpture inspired by science in the latest issue of Symmetry magazine. The sculptures reminded me of the sculptures by Robert Wilson who was the first director of Fermilab. The lab has a variety of sculptures on the grounds done by Wilson himself, and the architecture was also influenced by Wilson's artistic side. The control room of the proton experimental area is described as
A stylized black pagoda sitting on legs twenty-six feet tall identifies the Proton Laboratory. A yellow spiral staircase, representing the double helix strand of the DNA molecule, leads from the ground to the second level.
I worked in that area back in 1978, and it was quite striking.