Sunday, October 31, 2010

Centerfold 8-]

Hey, I'm in a centerfold.  8-]

Ok, so it's for CHEM 13 news, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  ;->

This from Jenn Shmitt, the co-ordinator:

It's that time again... more Periodic Table Print Project News.

The September issue of the Chem13 News features our project (we're even the centerfold!).  They were so inspired that they have started their own periodic table project--open to more media than just printmaking-- as part of the University's celebration of the Year of Chemistry, 2011. 

Here's my contribution to the project:  Titanium.

And the colophon:

Titanium, atomic number 22, is light, strong, lustrous and resistant to corrosion, even in sea water. It is a silvery-white metal and can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, vanadium and other elements to produce many lightweight alloys. It is used in everything from spacecraft to dental implants, and because it can burn in both air and nitrogen, it makes great fireworks.

Titanium was discovered in England in1791 and was named for the Titans of Greek mythology. I took my inspiration from the Titan allusion and have displayed the most famous Titan, Prometheus, who brought fire to mankind, against the wishes of an angry Zeus.

Here is Prometheus with a high-tech, titanium robotic arm, holding aloft a burst of fireworks. As serendipity would have it, fireworks can look remarkably like a spray of fennel blossoms, the seed of which Prometheus hid fire in to sneak it past the Gods.

No good deed goes unpunished, but that’s another story.


gknee said...

Kudos! Well, what can I say?! My sister in a 'centerfold spread'! Congrats! It's a great piece! gknee

Bette Norcross Wappner -- said...

Congratulations! and COOL! I'd love to get a copy of that. I'm in there, too!

Ellen Shipley said...

Here's what Jenn sent:

If you want a copy of the September issue of Chem 13 News, send a $5 (US or
Canadian) cheque payable to Chem 13 News.

Mailing address:
Chem 13 News,
Chemistry Department
University of Waterloo,
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo Ontario N2L 3G1.

Include a note requesting a September issue along with a complete
mailing address. We will send out an issue as soon as we receive the