Molecular Playground

While the public can appreciate the beauty of a flower, the molecular basis of nature goes largely unnoticed. Indeed, the inherent beauty of molecules is rarely communicated to the public. This project has developed a system for displaying large-scale interactive molecules in prominent public spaces, beginning with installations at UMass and the Springfield Science Museum, expanding (so far) to 7 installations world wide. The aim is to capture the public's attention and to induce them to explore personally a vast array of molecular structures in a human-size "molecular playground."

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Open to the public. The community can choose to participate.

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March 1, 2009


David Stier
Springfield Museums
21 Edwards St
Springfield, MA 10103
United States

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Craig T Martin

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College of Natural Sciences/Chemistry

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