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The Hands of Scientartists at The Field Museum

May 23, 2012

My Life as a Science Promoter on May 15, 2012

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Chicago Science blogger promoter      On May 22, 2012 The Field Museum opened it’s newest exhibit, Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention. Produced by Art Works For Change, this 3-way collision of Nature, Science, and Art was created by the hands of Scientartists–scientists who use art as a tool to tell their story. The goal of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the interdependence that humans have with nature; how small everyday activities can have large long-lasting effects on our planet. By studying nature we can benefit from nature. As stated in The Field Museum press release:

Humans aren’t just part of the problem but also the solution: by harnessing nature’s most brilliant ideas, we can improve the quality of human life while living in harmony with nature.

      Nature’s Toolbox features the work of 36 scientartists from around the world who use science to provide facts and contemporary art to tell the story. Suzanne Anker, author of The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, draws attention to the damage of coral reefs with her piece: Biota (pictured above). While Donna Keiko Ozawa collected 90,000 used chopsticks (aka waribashi) to highlight deforestation with her piece: The Waribashi Project (pictured below). And special props to Donna. It took her 7 weeks while visiting 12 restaurants, over and over, to collect 180,000 chopsticks for this and other exhibits. Oh, and she hand washed ALL of them.

Chicago science nature blogger promoter

If you’re not interested yet, I’ve been told “sex sells.” So come see Green Porno, a series of short films by actress Isabella Rosselini on animal sexual behaviors. Yes, just like humans, animals have sex too. But we have a lot more in common with them than sex. Stop by The Field Museum to learn more.

Nature’s Toolbox does an excellent job of visualizing the interconnected network of life, like your social network on Facebook. Let me explain, humans buy flowers, flowers attract bees, bees pollinate flowers. Bees also like trees, humans use trees as chopsticks or shade on a hot day. When we chop down trees, we have no bees. And no shade, no chopsticks, no flowers! Get it??? Live life. Love life. Respect life.

I want to share more information and pictures with you, but I won’t. Come see for yourself. The exhibit is open until December 2, 2012 and is free with basic admission to The Field Museum.

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