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Science Paper Art

I saw Lisa Nilsson’s anatomical paper art on NewScientist this morning.

It’s gorgeous, and precisely hits my sweet spot linking scientific accuracy, beauty, and clever use of materials to mimic form.

3 Comments

  1. Vince says:

    This is awesome!

  2. Tom says:

    That is great, but I couldn’t help wonder how they tilted the head enough to get one ear and not the other, but still had the eyes each the same size. I guess I’ve been looking at too many CTs and MRIs superficially, without a deeper technical knowledge…

    It does remind me of the Visible Human cadaver that was frozen, then successively sliced, with pics taken each slice. That was before I had any radiological experience. Paper art that’s not origami? Cool!

  3. Sarah says:

    Tom, if you read the articles they talk about both of those things. 🙂

    The first one is because people are asymmetrical: the head was straight, not tilted, but one ear was higher than the other. If you look through the gallery, there’s a torso with one arm free and one attached because the shoulders of that subject weren’t quite square.

    The Visible Human project helped to inspire the work, if I remember correctly.

    And yes, much as I love origami (so mathy!), this is wonderful.

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