See Particle Physics Art Down A Well

Climb down into the Victorian ice wells at the Canal Museum from today and you’ll be met by this shimmering sight. It’s the first finished project from an artist in residence programme at the Institute of Physics.

Particle physicist Dr Ben Still and visual artist Lyndall Phelps have been working together for nine months, researching fundamental particles in order to create this installation. Called Covariance, it recalls a particle physics detector – even more so in its underground home. You can read about how they got here in a blog on the Superposition project website.

The artwork is free to anyone who’s bought entry to the Canal Museum (£4 or less) though you’re advised to book a slot in advance. Seeing it involves climbing two short fixed metal ladders, so wear sensible shoes. If you have mobility problems you can also view a live feed via a remote controlled camera. And if you want to hear artist Lyndall Phelps talk about her creation, book for one of two free events on 19 September and 17 October.

Covariance is open on Thursdays 1.30pm-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-4pm until 20 October at the London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, N1. For more information see the Institute of Physics website. All photos by Richard Davies.

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