MAY MEMBERS GROUP EXHIBITION 2015
Theme : “Light in Nature and Culture”
Tuesday, May 12th – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Gallery Opens 10 AM – 5 PM Daily
Tuesday, May 12 2015
7 PM – 9 PM
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United Nations proclaims an International Year of Light in 2015
Young and old around the world are inspired and united by the beauty of light in Nature. The rainbow is a striking illustration of both the scientific and cultural aspects of light. Light is the means by which human beings see themselves, each other, and their place in the Universe. Light is an essential part of culture and art and is a unifying symbol for the world.
An International Year of Light is the ideal instrument to ensure the necessary increased worldwide awareness of the central role of light in the present and in the future of us all. An International Year of Light is not only about science and technology. Light is the means by which humanity sees itself, and the many ways that light has impacted on society have inspired art, music, literature and philosophy across the centuries. Light is a subject that unifies humanity. All nations and all peoples see the same Sun rise and fall on the horizon, and all cultures throughout history have expressed the same wonder at the natural beauty of light seen in effects such as the rainbow.
Light in Nature
The wonder of light and colour is revealed spectacularly in effects such as sunsets, rainbows, halos, and shadows to cite just a few examples of the rich variety of optical phenomena which can be found in nature. This theme will raise awareness of the beauty and accessibility of science through activities that will encourage and support observation of light and colour in the Natural world. No matter where one lives and no matter what one’s age, it is easy and delightful to understand Nature through light: from ice crystals near the artic to mirages in the desert to shadows in the forest to shifting images on water, the wonder and beauty of natural optics is everywhere. And of course, this theme provides a natural place to consider how observing light in nature often means turning off the lights from modern society. Whilst modern lighting provides important and crucial opportunities and advantages in improving quality of life, raising awareness of the issue of light pollution will also be an important feature of this theme. Overall, in these days where downloading images of nature from the internet has largely replaced direct observation, activities in this theme will encourage outdoor observation in all-weathers and at all-latitudes, aiming to inspire a new generation of scientists to open their eyes.
Light and Culture
Activities in this theme will highlight the myriad ways in which light has influenced and continues to influence human culture. From the early artists and scientists of Antiquity to the development of perspective and the understanding of light and shadow during the Renaissance, to impressionism and modern artistic techniques, this theme will describe how the study of light and art is central to understanding and appreciating our cultural heritage. Describing the continuous links between light and culture throughout history will provide valuable insights into the interactions between science and art and the humanities in general.