Two astronomers. Separated by only 22 degrees, 58 minutes of latitude, 33 degrees, 29 minutes of longitude, yet seemingly worlds apart. Their common goal: figure out the very nature of the Universe and its womenfolk.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Yoghurt Pot Man

I notice today that Steve "Yoghurt Pot Man" Sproats is here today putting up some more of his cosmologically inspired pieces of modern art around the ICC. I like the idea of having art around the building, but I'm amazed that the only deliberate attempt to demonstrate the awesome beauty of the cosmos (surely one of the foremost reasons for becoming an astronomer) is the green galaxy (M74?) in holographic form we have by the main ICC doors - and it's only there as a comparison for Takashi's simulation.

Why the hell don't we have some huge, full colour (false if necessary) images of the crazy stuff we study? I'd also love to see some of the great images coming out of simulated data now too, since they are a testament to progress in our understanding of how the Universe boogies to the melody of cosmological physics. I'll take this to Carlos on Wednesday, because I'd rather have a whopping image of M81 spewing H-alpha into the ISM, or a picture of some simulated large-scale structure, than some more yoghurt pots on the wall.

I'm interested to hear other people's thoughts on this one - please do comment.


Blogger NPR said...

I've gone onto Shanks (Durham) about this one for a long time. Any other observatory or astronomy department in the world seems to have heeps more cool, classic and generally cosmic pictures around. I like the art too but you've got my vote when going to see Carlos (Durham).

8:19 AM

Blogger jim said...

i agree with you rob -- there are some great images that can be made right here in the department without 'outsourcing'... note how downstairs on the groud floor there seem to be several 'astronomy' pictures.

8:21 AM

Blogger Rob said...

Excellent news - I'm glad I have the support of my fellow young cosmophysicistonmers. Hopefully the powers that be will agree too and give us some money to sex the place up.

9:48 AM

Blogger Jim2 said...

Or, on a related theme, why don't they get US to do some astronomy/cosmology based artwork. It would be great to have one of the country's formost research centers decked out like a primary school reception class. It would also cost diddly-squat to implement.

8:41 AM

Blogger Rob said...

HAHA - I can see it now....."The Universe" by James, aged 24 1/2.

8:58 AM


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