Featured Artist: Josef Kristofoletti

Art & Design

What’s a giant super collider to do when the public wants to understand the scale of it but it’s not actually open to the public? Why, hire an artist to do a super amazing, super colorful, strangely accurate rendition so that those looking at the building might understand its size and complexity. That’s exactly what happened with the Atlas Experiment at CERN. And we’re kind of blown away by this artist’s talents. From Science Friday.com:

“Last month, ATLAS at CERN unveiled a huge new mural by artist Josef Kristofoletti, designed to give visitors a sense of the scale of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, which is closed to the public. As big as the mural is, it’s still only a third of the size of the actual site. Kristofoletti was awed by the ambitions of the engineers and scientists who work on the accelerator, and was inspired to create the LHC in paint. “You just look at certain things and think, ‘wow, how are human beings able to do something so huge?,’” he said. “And that’s certainly the feeling I got from ATLAS. How is it really possible? It’s like a miracle that people are able to assemble something so complex.”

Rock star. More of this artist’s work here.


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  1. Ronique Gibson

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Awesome post! Love the idea of the artist using color and scale to relate to visitors. Very cool use of ‘pop art’ while still relating to the function of what’s behind it. :)

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Oct 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      I seriously think this might be my favorite thing ever! It’s kind of giving me an idea for a halloween costume, too…

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