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Physics & art

These creators intertwine art and science.


On the marvels of physics

Theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson answers Symmetry writer Brianna Barbu’s questions about his work in science and outreach, including advising on movies like Avengers: Endgame.


Imagining the unseen

An art exhibit at the Science Gallery Dublin combines art and science to illuminate the invisible nature of dark matter.


Hahn shot first

After 32 years as Fermilab’s staff photographer, Reidar Hahn is retiring—and saying farewell with a final collection of photos in Fermilab’s art gallery.


Top quark couture

What do you give a physicist who helped discover a fundamental particle and jump-started your science career?


The dance of the particles

In collaboration with a scientist, an Iranian dancer is working to communicate the beauty of particle physics through dance.



Howie Day records love song to physics

After the musician learned that grad students at CERN had created a parody of his 2004 single “Collide,” he flew to Switzerland to sing it at the LHC.


Art imitates physics

Artist Chris Henschke’s latest piece inspired by particle physics mixes constancy with unpredictability, the natural with the synthetic.



A group known for making music with everyday objects recently got their hands on some extraordinary props.


Art of Darkness

The Dark Energy Survey’s art show offers a glimpse of the expanding universe.


The physics photographer

Fermilab’s house photographer of almost 30 years, Reidar Hahn, shares four of his most iconic shots.


Photowalk winners announced

An international jury and more than 3800 public votes determined the winners of this year's Global Physics Photowalk competition.


Jokes for nerds

Webcomic artist Zach Weinersmith fuels ‘Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’ with grad student humor and almost half of a physics degree.


True tales of science

When two theoretical physicists crossed paths at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, the Story Collider was born.


Saving the Feynman van

A team of Richard Feynman’s friends and fans banded together to restore the Nobel laureate’s most famous vehicle.


‘Particle Fever’ opens in the US

Particle Fever, a documentary that follows scientists involved in research at the Large Hadron Collider, opens this week in select theaters across the United States.


Imagine the beam

A former physicist uses accelerator data to create artistic visualizations.


Artists challenged to depict physics

Through the “Collision” contest, 22 artists and scientists pushed themselves into new territory, portraying the concept of “new physics” through art.


From accelerator to art

Fermilab physicist Todd Johnson spends his work and vacation hours with accelerators. What he produces during each are two very different things.


Scientists of Burning Man

Burning Man offers parallels to—and welcome departures from—the scientific endeavors of physicists who attend the annual event.


ILC ink

A summer intern at Jefferson Laboratory is excited about the proposed International Linear Collider—and he’s got the tattoo to prove it.


Kate Findlay: Collider quilts

A 2008 newspaper article about the Large Hadron Collider inspired Kate Findlay to start a years-long quilting project.


Cosmic gall

In December 1960, The New Yorker published John Updike’s poem about the neutrino, a ghost-like particle discovered a few years before.


John Zaklikowski: From junked part to detector art

Over the years, John Zaklikowski raided his savings account to purchase every mother board, cell phone and floppy disk in sight. Now he’s used them to create artwork modeled on large-scale particle physics experiments.


Dancing with physicists

For her latest work, choreographer Liz Lerman took members of her dance troupe to CERN, where they reveled in the fog, danced in the aisles and found inspiration in wide-ranging conversations with scientists.