Stunning sculptures by Perse pupils feature in online art exhibition
3 Dec 2020
Sensational science-inspired ceramic sculptures made by Perse pupils have gone on display in a virtual art exhibition.
Images of the creations, made by Year 9 pupils during 2019-20, are on show in the Molecules of Life online exhibition, organised by Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDB) in conjunction with the Arts Society Granta and the Arts Society Cantab.
The display features artworks made by students from local schools inspired by 3D structures of molecules from the PDB archive.
The 2019-20 Year 9 pupils created their ceramic sculptures as part of the PDB project, led by Perse art teacher Mandy Wilkins and former Perse Cambridge biology teacher Emma Calvert. Ms Calvert identified keratin, haemoglobin and salivary amylase as the proteins studied by the pupils as part of the biology curriculum and spoke to them about their make-up.
In art lessons, they then used this knowledge, along with their explorations of the PDB archive, to create their striking 3D pieces, which incorporated various structures from the biology of these proteins such as red blood cells, long keratin fibres and both protein and DNA helices.
The PDB exhibition can be viewed here.