The Chemical Gallery will open some time in early May 2013. I am currently searching for venues. It will be free and open to the public. I hope for the gallery to be inviting to a wide range of ages and educational backgrounds. Science is something for everyone to enjoy!
There are many projects that will make up The Chemical Gallery. They are all described below.
Chemistry 101 is an interactive animation piece about the groups of the periodic table. Users select a group using buttons on a podium. The program then displays a short animation explaining the features of that group. This piece is already complete and will be on display in the gallery.
Sun, Supernovae, Synthetic
Sun Supernovae Synthetic will be a live action parody of a cooking show in which the host "cooks" elements. This video will explain how all of the elements were formed from hydrogen, first in stars, then in supernovae, then in particle colliders.
This video will visualize how large a mole (6.022x10^23) is. It will show how large a mole of some everyday objects such as golf balls or oranges would be. Since that would be enormous they will be shown in comparison to the moon in the night sky.
Dance of the Fundamental Forces
This video will explain the behaviors of the four fundamental forces, gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear force. This will be done by actors in solid colored outfits interacting with balls representing atoms and particles.
The Ancient Elements
This video will explain antiquated ideas of the elements using shadow puppets. It will explain the platonic elements and the chinese elements.
Parts of the Atom
This video will explain the parts of the atom from the nucleus all the way down to the quarks and leptons. This will be done with fluorescent props and white gloves under a blacklight. A voice over will explain the particles as a pair of disembodied hands move the props around.
Very Nearly Nothing
This video will explain the comparatively vast spaces within an atom. The distance between the nucleus and the outermost electron is huge compared to the size of the particles. This video will show a host traveling the radius of an atom scaled up large enough for the nucleus to be represented by an exercise ball.
Electronegativity Periodic Table
This piece will be a sculpture of a periodic table warped to show electronegativity as height, higher electronegativity will be shown by deeper pits and lower electronegativity will be higher areas so that a marble representing an electron will roll into the elements with the highest electronegativity.
Atomic Radii Rug
This felted floor rug will show the relative sizes of atoms. The rug will be made of many brightly colored concentric circles each labeled with the name of an element.
Solar System Wall Image
This piece will consist of 9 circular doors with the images of the planets and sun printed on them. When opened, the doors reveal pie charts of the chemical abundance of each object.
Human Body Wall Image
This piece will explain the chemical composition of the human body. A silhouette of a person will be surrounded by small doors. The doors will have chemical blocks from the periodic table on the outside and examples of how that chemical is used by the body on the inside.
Periodic Table of Donors
Donors will be commemorated with a sculpture in the gallery. The Periodic Table of Donors will be made of engraved wooden plaques mounted on the wall. They will look something like this...
Any size donation qualifies you for the periodic table of donors. But the most generous donors will be placed on the highest position and if this project has more than 118 backers only the 118 highest donations will be displayed.
For any size donation I will send you a signed promotional postcard from The Chemical Gallery
For a $10 donation you will receive a button that will look something like this...
For a $20 donation you will receive a molecular model T-shirt. Pick your favorite chemical from the five options below. Include with your donation the size and design that you want.
One of the four big prizes you can choose for a donation of $50 or more is an interactive DvD copy of Chemistry 101. I've modified the interactivity of the original piece to work with a DvD menu.
The next of the four big prizes you can choose for a donation of $50 or more is a complete set of periodic table refrigerator magnets. I've already made a set for myself. Here's what they look like.
True Name Periodic Table
Another of the four big prizes you can choose for a donation of $50 or more is a true name periodic table. It tells the etymological origin of each element's name. Here's what a small part of the poster looks like.
The last of the big prizes that you can choose for a donation of $50 or more is a pack of chemical trading cards loaded with information about the elements. Check out the example below.
Risks and challenges
This project has numerous challenges but I'm ready to take them on. I have already completed Chemistry 101 which prepared me for this sort of work. The sculptures involve materials and processes with which I'm not very familiar. However as a student, I am surrounded by peers from whom I can learn the necessary skills. Additionally, it will be a challenge to manage the production and display of so many projects but with your generous support I know that The Chemical Gallery can be a success!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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