The Art of Geology

See geology come to life this November with a very special, one-off exhibition curated by the British Geological Survey (BGS) - a world-leading applied geoscience research centre which has its Scottish headquarters at Heriot-Watt University.  For just one day this year, a range of exciting and eclectic art installations will be on display at Dynamic Earth – experience science and geology in a unique new way, via mediums ranging from music and sculpture, to film and textiles!

The exhibition, which is being held on Sunday 11th November at Dynamic Earth, will showcase a diverse collection of artwork, all of which has been created by scientists working for the British Geological Survey.  They have used their inspiring experiences and research as the basis for their imaginative artworks.  So many different styles of art and subjects are featured in the exhibition; taking visitors on a journey of discovery all the way from volcanoes in the Caribbean islands to the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

“Living with Volcanoes” is a series of short films featuring people who live in areas which can be impacted by volcanoes, talking about their personal experiences, the dangers involved and how risk manifests itself in different ways.   “Waterways” is an artistic interpretation of how we interact with rivers and their surroundings. There is a map depicting the geology of Northern Ireland using tweed and other textiles, and music which has been created using the seismic waves of earthquakes – all highly unusual and creative ways to think about our planet and it’s geology!

And – best of all - the artists themselves will be at Dynamic Earth on the day to meet with visitors and share their inspiration!  You can chat to the scientists to find out more about the research projects which inspired these artworks, and what motivated them to express their knowledge creatively.

The exhibition is open from 10:00 – 16:00 on Sunday 11th November for one day only and is free with admission to Dynamic Earth.  Come along for the chance to experience science in a truly imaginative way and see geology in a whole new light!

5 Nov 2018


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