For more than thirty years, Small World has been the leading forum for showcasing art under the microscope. This is the first year the exhibit has come to the planetarium, and education programs manager Suzanne Traub-Metlay couldn't be more thrilled. "The images are all visually stunning," she says. "Everything's smaller than a bubble of water. It's just wild, because this is what science is. These images were all taken during the course of scientific research. Any manipulation wasn't done for the sake of art. It was done to make the structure easier for the scientist to see, but it's beautiful; it's amazing. For us to enjoy it with our intellectual and aesthetic senses fully on is really exciting."
For the planetarium, which is interested in astrobiology, or the possibility of life beyond Earth, the images also impart a greater meaning: "It gives us a wonderful 'what if,'" says Traub-Metlay. "What if there is life beyond Earth microbial life? What would that look like?"
The exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, as well as select Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, through May 15. For details, call 303-492-5002 or visit http://fiske.colorado.edu or www.nikonsmallworld.com.
Feb. 15-May 15, 2008