Festival of Physics 2017

Earlier this month, on the the 4th and 5th November, the Institute of Physics held its first Festival of Physics at George Watson’s school in Edinburgh. I was delighted that the Laser Garden was asked to be a part of the festival, showcasing one of the wings during the day and speaking about my work in ‘Laser Quest: One Man’s Mission to Make the Light Fantastic.’

The daytime, drop-in event was a great chance to talk to people about the wings, about why I use lasers in my art and – of course – to explain a bit about the science of lasers. Other stalls there covered everything from rockets to slime, with lots of family-friendly activities to help open the door to physics.

In the evening, I was in discussion with laser physicists Professor Robert Thomson (Heriot Watt University) and Tom Brown (University of St Andrews). As part of the event, we had a short performance with two pairs of laser fans I’d made, with performers Jamie and Lorraine doing an amazing job of showcasing the sculptures. Massive thanks to Redcifer (AKA Fred) for his bespoke tunes, created to work with the performance.

A great weekend to enjoy where physics and art collide.

All photos by Chris Scott

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