Project Details

Art on Science: 26 études

Short Description and Goal

Art on Science: 26 études (AS26) is a collaborative international art project between Boston, Massachusetts and Strasbourg, France that crosses the lines between art, science, and culture.

Thirteen artists from Boston and Strasbourg each were paired with scientists from their home city to explore a scientific theme. The result? A testament to the power of curiosity and creativity and 52 incredible works of art accompanied by written scientific commentaries.

Artists took tours of laboratories. Scientists made studio visits. Some pairs worked shoulder-to-shoulder with live specimens, while others communicated virtually to share ideas and resources.

Detailed Description

This collaboration was created by 26 artists and 26 scientists, half from each city. The concept was to produce two art portfolios based on scientific themes and to pair each artist with a scientist who would provide a written commentary about the art. One portfolio is exhibited in Boston and the other in Strasbourg. The proceeds from artwork sales are used to support future exchanges.

Artists and scientists share much in common: they observe, they evaluate, they interpret. The fields of art and science have cross-pollinated for centuries, as artists document discoveries and scientists provide new ways to view the world.

For this project, scientists made studio visits and artists toured laboratories. Sharing resources and ideas, some pairs worked shoulder-to-shoulder in the lab while others collaborated virtually. Our topics ranged from the plight of the coffee bean to the grandeur of the cosmos. AS26 provided a forum for participants to deconstruct their disciplines and find commonalities. The connections forged were a testament to the power of curiosity and creativity.

Initiated by

  • Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association
  • Comité de Pilotage du Jumelage Boston/Strasbourg

Initiators are

• Public institution

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      Participating Cities

      • Boston, Massachusetts
      • Strasbourg, France

      Project Topics

      • Arts & Culture

      Level / Project Complexity


      Participating Countries

      • USA
      • France

      Project Region(s)

      • Europe
      • North America

      Sizes of Participating Cities

      • 100.000 - 500.000
      • more than 1,5 Mio