Science in Pictures

AstraZeneca | 2023

The People’s Picture is excited to share its community sourced project in collaboration with AstraZeneca as it celebrates science with a unique mosaic art installation, inspired by and composed of over 1,000 original images with contributions from local schools and events with AstraZeneca’s STEM partners. The STEM Community art project (Science in Pictures) was unveiled at the Discovery Centre (DISC), the UK’s largest Laboratory.

Click the image and explore the interactive mosaic below, click the image and delve deep into the interactive 1654-megapixel artwork. Some of the STEM art is highlighted and clickable, meaning you can read, learn and delve into the stories behind STEM and fact-finding fun for all ages.

Artwork

Exhibition

The Story

The UK’s largest laboratory has unveiled a new permanent giant ‘picture mosaic’ measuring over 26 metres square inspired by and composed of images from STEM community groups.

The mosaic is also discoverable via the mosaic above at a staggering interactive 1654-megapixel artwork. Some of the STEM art is highlighted and clickable, meaning you can read, learn and delve into the stories behind STEM and fact-finding fun for all ages.

“This has been a rewarding and positive collaboration that has flourished over a long period of interdisciplinary conversations and subsequent development. It has been a privilege to work alongside a team of scientists with such dedication to the participants and open minds to the artistic outcome, where experimentation is the nature of creativity itself, and where it is a necessity to trust in the process.

We worked for many months and days collecting and processing all the inspirational imagery to make an artwork where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Congratulations to every pupil and participant who has an image and story embedded in this artwork, a true work of joint authorship and innovation.”

Helen Marshall | Artist and Founder of the People’s Picture

“Inspiration in science drives breakthroughs in medicine research and we are delighted our new laboratories, which are state of the art, will be filled with works of art. Creativity is critical to innovative thinking and making crucial connections and these pieces will help lift up our ideas, approaches and analysis.

As the largest company in the UK and a vital part of the country’s life sciences ecosystem, AstraZeneca is committed to investing in the culture, community and economy in Cambridge to support science today and foster the scientists of the future.” 

Mene Pangalos | Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca

Original Images

Art Sessions

Square Metres

Gigapixels

With special thanks to:

Trumpington Park Primary School
Steeple Bumpstead Primary School
St Faith’s
Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School
RA Butler Academy
Queen Emma Primary School
Queen Edith Primary School
Over Primary School
Orchard Park Community Primary School
Morley Memorial Primary School
Milton Road Primary School
Isleham Church of England Primary School
Girton Glebe Primary School
The Galfrid School
Fawcett Primary School
Cambridge  Science Centre
Cambridgeshire County Day
Cambridge United Foundation
Big Biology Day
DISC Family Fun Day