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1998 Alchymeia


Project Description

Alchymeia is a nanotechnology and bioengineering public artwork commissioned for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

In Alchymeia, naturally occurring metabolite steroids are harvested from the blood and urine of Olympic athletes to act as doping agents in ultra-pure, ultra-cold water, guiding the growth of impossibly rare ice crystals with radically altered architecture. The ice crystals in the installation are created using a similar principle of atomic recording utilized by snowflakes, but each crystal has a microscopic sample of human hormone introduced as a nucleating seed.

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Video Description

Video detail of Alchymeia ice crystal.

 

 

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