As a connecting element to the building, motifs on interior walls celebrate the interconnectedness of the various disciplines within science and mathematics. Designed by Ana England of the Department of Visual Arts, the representations are at one level realistic, depicting forms in nature such as strata of rock, cells, wings, seeds, molecules, and geometric shapes, and at another level highly symbolic representing interdependency, the life cycle, inquiry and research, numeric systems, learning, and transformation. [As described by the Natural Science Center website: Last accessed April 23, 2010 http://campusplan.nku.edu/academic_buildings/science.php]
[Abstract from artist statement Ana England, A celebration of interconnections] The idea of the progression of life becomes a metaphor for perception…The intense core of the earth is fluid. Moving upward, the earth is composed of layers. With the introduction of water (implied by whelk and Nautilus shells and the microorganisms within a drop of water) comes the introduction of life. The emergence of life is further suggested by a bud of a Jewelweed plant and the leaves of a Golden Seal plant breaking through the crust of the earth to the sky. Life forms, signaled by the plant, unite the worlds below and above. In the larger scheme, life is the bridge between the earth’s past and the planet’s future, between earth and space.