Art Displays

Science parallels art in many ways, not just as a subject matter but also as a source of inspiration. Here at Science World, we are proud to work with local artists who are interested in and inspired by science. Our art displays showcase different works of art within our false creek facility. Recent displays have included art work by Peter Holmes, Sharon Kallis, Michael Hall, Chris Waind and a group of art students from Emily Carr University. We also host an annual display of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest winners.

Currently On Display

Invisible Portraits

Invisible Portraits

Science World is excited to showcase its newest art exhibition, Invisible Portraits. This visual art exhibition reveals the secret world of microbes through high-tech images refashioned as metal sculptures, wood carvings and large-scale portraitures, by artists Patrick Keeling and Erick James, with photographs from Kevin Carpenter, Noriko Okamoto and Juan Saldarriaga.

While you may associate microbes with disease, the fact is that microbes are around you all the time and most are essential to your health and the health of the planet’s ecosystems. You may also imagine that microbes are boring, little round balls, but the microbial world is actually quite surprising. Just like animals and plants, microbes come in a variety of physical shapes and sizes and many are stunningly beautiful in their complexity. So, it should come as no surprise that microbes, just like everything else in nature, can inspire artistic representations, portraits and landscapes of a world we live in, but rarely ever get to see.

Macaws of Tambopata, Peru

The macaws are the largest parrot species in the Amazon and their loud shrieking vocalizations and brilliantly coloured plumage make them impossible to ignore. Sixteen species of macaws can be seen in tropical forests and savannahs from southern Mexico to northern Argentina, but some of the largest concentrations of macaws occur in southeastern Peru, especially in the Tambopata region.

Using images, videos and specimens, Rainforest Expeditions invites audiences to sample a taste of the beauty, majesty and wonder found in the lives of these unique creatures. It also highlights some of the efforts of scientists in the region, as they seek to better understand the macaws and their place in our world.

Artist Contact

If you are an artist interested in displaying your science-inspired artwork at TELUS World of Science, please contact us: