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Art and Science team up in a new summer program

CESTA students with mentors Art and Science are coming together in the 2016 Community Engagement in Science through Art s ummer program. Six participants  from art, chemistry,  and engineering backgrounds have been working together to prototype and build "Glukupikron",  a permanent  public installation. The sculpture was unveiled on Thursday, June 23 in the kiln yard of the CAC. The piece will later have a permanent home near the Evansdale Library.

Zach Bonham, Philip Evans, Erin Matheson, Charles Scott, Donovan Steele, Aaron Williams have been guided by  faculty mentors, Jessica Hoover ( Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry), Jason Lee ( College of Creative Arts, Sculpture) and Todd Hamrick ( Statler College, Engineering and Robotics).

Bittersweet Prototype
The installation is a public interactive sculpture that teaches a science concept through art. The sculpture combines the molecular structures of glucose (sugar) and a bitter tasting compound phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). This combination is the fictional molecule titled “Bittersweet” or "Glukupikron", the German term for "sweetbitter", in reference to the often bittersweet nature of life. Prose, poetry, and scientific text will connect the chemical aspects of bitter and sweet with the human experience.

Read about the sculpture build process at