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Revealing Science

Aedan Gardill's avatar Aedan Gardill

This science-art entry uses polarized light to create vibrant portraits of three scientists from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, who all use light and optics in their research. Made of materials you might find in your own home - polaroid sheets (just like in your sunglasses!) and cellophane - these simple materials reveal spectacular properties of light. Only by viewing the portraits through a polaroid sheet, is the colorful art is revealed! There is no pigment or paint in these portraits - the color you see is all from white light that is polarized, rotated, and filtered! Below there is a video that explains the science behind these pieces.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 2.25 in
  • Medium: Polaroid sheets and cellophane
  • Width: 20 in
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 16 in