Quantum Potential

Project: An art science collaboration with theoretical physicists Professor Peter Holland, Dr Chris Philippidis and artist Mark Merer.

Place: Temporary installation

Date: 1997 to 2000

Dimensions: 3m high. by 2.5m square. 

Description:The sculpture is a steel frame with threaded cotton and polystyrene balls.
Quantum theory has played a crucial role in shaping our contemporary society. Most of the technological developments that typify our era can be, either directly or indirectly, traced back to it.
The quantum potential is a mathematical notion proposed by the famous physicist David Bohm. It is a means of visualising the behaviours of subatomic particles. Its structure fills the whole region where electrons are located and has the capacity to influence them wherever they are. Like a roller coaster guides their path through space. Different physical situations produce their own characteristically shaped quantum potentials.

Notes: We formed ourselves into a team two physicists and two sculptors with the purpose of making ideas from quantum theory more widely accessible by making a sculpture which depicts key quantum concepts, this one was inspired by the two slit experiment.

Funded by: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


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