La Lumiere School’s 3D art class unveiled their installation art project “Quantum Threads” to the student body earlier this month with a presentation during the school’s daily morning meeting and an all-day art room open house. Prior to its installation, art students and physics students traveled together to Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois to study the relationship between art and science and to see the unseen — images of subatomic particles colliding in a particle accelerator.
Upon their return, art students began drawing images of collided particles, writing poems about them, and (with the inspiration of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude) using fibers and the conceptual art practice of wrapping to weave a story about the underlying fabric of the quantum field, to make it visible to the human eye.
La Lumiere School art teacher Katie Wall said, “In studying fiber art, installation art, conceptual art, color theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology, we took a journey into the relationship between science and art.
We took common threads, synthetic fibers and threads, and recycled or found fabrics to create a quantum web.”