If you don’t recognize the hashtag above or if you have not clicked on it in your Twitter stream this week, then you are in for a wonderful surprise right now.
#Sciart stands for science art. It’s a twitter hashtag used identify any art or artist that has a relationship with science. It includes medical and scientific illustrators, sculptors, 3-D modelers, jewelry makers, clothing and fabric designers, tattoo artists, cartoonists, photographers, painters, video producers, and many many other artistic people.
Last Sunday (Mar 1) Toronto artist, Glendon Mellow (@FlyingTrilobite) and the rest of the @Symbiartic team over at Scientific American Blogs, challenged the #sciart Twitter community to launch a “Tweet Storm” — that is to flood Twitter with images of science-related art. The rules were simple:
The goal was modest — 1,600 tweets containing #SciArt per day; 11,200 in a week.
The result was glorious. Not only did #sciart surpass the Tweet goal (> 5,000 tweets in first 2 days; 12,000 as of Thursday morning) but the stunning beauty and expansive variety of the art has been simply overwhelming.
In a world grown weary of online complaints, harassment and criticism, the #SciArt gallery has captivated Twitter.
So I urge you click on over and check out #SciArt on Twitter. I promise, you will thank me. Meanwhile, here’s a taste of what you’ll find there:
For #SciArt week: Tiny mammals. Drew this one for NatGeo in 1999. B. vanhouteni (left), modern Etruscan shrew (right) pic.twitter.com/ll1Za98WqZ
— Jen Christiansen (@ChristiansenJen) March 5, 2015
Sharing a Ziapelta by my good friend Sydney Mohr! You should check out her website! http://t.co/ZQw3uELUqY #SciArt pic.twitter.com/CogPWAReJ7 — Victoria Arbour (@VictoriaArbour) March 5, 2015
This first video is a teaser about the complete rat anatomy model I am (still) working on. http://t.co/0aAFY9InWG #SciArt
— Mieke Roth (@miekeroth) March 5, 2015
Love them or hate them, pollen grains are extraordinarily beautiful #SciArt #palynology @MicroscopePics pic.twitter.com/P6ZE1oDOIY — The Ice Age (@Jamie_Woodward_) March 4, 2015
Custom Radiolaria trivets lasercut from bamboo plywood #SciArt pic.twitter.com/E0BQd2jJx6
— Jessica Rosenkrantz (@nervous_jessica) March 1, 2015
Close up of Western Chorus Frog sculpture, w/ my thumb for scale. Polymer clay & mixed media in mason jar. #SciArt pic.twitter.com/kUCJaCatpj — Gavy Swan (@GavySwan) March 4, 2015
Spring is coming. I promise. Mitosis scarf in fresh citrus shades https://t.co/8cA3jYYvAg #Sciart pic.twitter.com/A0vzVW1wu1
— Michele Banks (@artologica) March 4, 2015
Tattoo design for my cousin, who has MS. It’s a stylized neuron, being protected and bolstered. #SciArt pic.twitter.com/ZttZ8zX0dC — Brian George (@brianggeorge) March 3, 2015
Illustration of how the monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus) reacts to a humming bird http://t.co/WMw1d7SHqd by Jillian Walters #sciart
— Tommy Leung (@The_Episiarch) February 17, 2015
Sea turtle quilt from Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2008 #sciart #textileart https://t.co/2Z2KvrWaq8
— artcollisions (@artcollisions) February 25, 2015
Ok, I’m really going to try to stop now. You’ll have to go see the rest yourself. Enjoy!