Root Rhapsody

Root Rhapsody exhibit

Root Rhapsody exhibit at SD Public Library

David Lipson collaborated with a middle-school teacher and artist,  Jason Rogalski, in an art-science educational and public outreach activity called Root Rhapsody. First, Jason helped describe the root system of San Diego’s dominant native shrub, Artemisia californica.

Jason sketches while Bob uses pressure washer to expose root system

Jason sketches while Bob uses pressure washer to expose root system

 

Lipson lectures at middle school

Lipson lectures about roots in Jason’s middle school class

Hydroponic experiment with tomato plants

Hydroponic experiment with tomato plants

We then set up a hydroponic growth experiment in Rogalski’s classroom to demonstrate the impact of limiting nutrients.

Roots cast in resin

Roots cast in resin

The roots were then cast in clear resin, creating sculptures.

Student painting with roots cast in resin

Student painting with roots cast in resin

Students also created monochromatic paintings depicting a sample from the experiment. The sculptures and paintings were displayed at an event at the San Diego Public Library, along with another of Jason’s educational walk-in paintings, “Photosynthesis Fiesta.”

Poster accompanying Root Rhapsody exhibit at SD Public Library

Poster accompanying Root Rhapsody exhibit at SD Public Library

 
 
 

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