Amplifying Data Through Art

With challenges such as overfishing, ocean acidification, and sea level rise rapidly changing our marine environments, it’s more important than ever to help people understand and care about what’s going on. To this end, artists are working with scientific data and translating complex concepts and new findings into visually stimulating, thought-provoking works. When Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein was aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus last year, expedition leader Robert Ballard made an apt analogy she won’t soon forget: “Exploring the deep ocean is like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon in the dark. The artist can turn the light on.” Here are five artists who are turning on lights, helping us look at scientific data differently.