Bringing Structure to Biology
Explore the aesthetic beauty of life at the smallest of scales
The Protein Data Bank in Europe, The Art Society CANTAB and The Art Society GRANTA are working with local school art departments to create artworks inspired by life’s building blocks. PDBe maintains a worldwide free database containing many thousands of 3D shapes of biological molecules important for health research. The molecules are too small to see even with a normal microscope, and are very complex. In this project, PDBe scientists help students explore the database (PDBe.org) and ways of depicting molecules, using structure as inspiration for the artworks.
- Explore the featured structures based on an artwork
- Read about events and exhibitions featuring resulting artwork
- Read about the 2017 PDB Art Exhibition featuring artwork from PDB Art
- Read about the 2018 PDB Art Exhibition featuring artwork from PDB Art
- View the artworks from the 2018 PDB Art exhibition and see them in 3D!
- You can download a PDF of the 2019 calendar featuring images the students have created
- You can download a PDF of the 2018 calendar featuring images the students have created
- You can download a PDF of the 2017 calendar featuring images the students have created
Resources for Students and Teachers
- Explore the Pinterest account designed in particular for use in the classroom, to inspire and educate
- Here you can download a PDF of an introductory worksheet for use in the classroom
- Here you can download a PDF of an activity to use in conjunction with the PDB Art Pinterest account
- Here you can download a PDF of a virus net to print and fold up
- Here you can download a PDF of our protein structure colouring book for you to print out and colour in - or give to a future scientist!
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