As our habits of specialization isolate the arts from the sciences and the sciences from one other, today, 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci still inspires us to encompass and extent the knowledge of our time.
Through Art, at the One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida, we aim to engage with the different departments and research centers of University of Florida.
Through Art, we believe we could break down academic silos and built a more diverse scientific community.
Our team, in collaboration with the Center for Arts in Medicine and the University Galleries, has been organizing a “microscopic” exhibition on Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future.
Pop Microscopy was first exhibited in March 2018 at the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. Then it traveled around campus, adding pops of color across the University of Florida. Finally, in January, Pop Microscopy Art Show arrived at its final destination: the Gary R. Libby Gallery.
The ceremony marks the beginning of the Legacies of Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Inquiry at the University of Florida. On the 500th anniversary of his death, the One Health team wants to honor the interdisciplinary mind of Leonardo da Vinci.
Where does Pop Microscopy come from? Alberto Diaspro, scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology, and collaborators from around the world designed the show in 2015. Then, Claudia Diaspro put together twenty scientific images that could translate to art, and added final touches to create the “microscopic” exhibition.