Art communicates in a way that no other medium can, coupled with science it can yield remarkable innovations. An interesting integration of art and science is highlighted in the Science Gallery website here and more particularly in the Science Gallery Exhibition SURFACE TENSION; THE FUTURE OF WATER here.
Many thanks to our friend Cynthia Pannucci at Art & Science Collaborations, Inc (ASCI) here who brought this interesting exhibition to our attention. Cynthia noted that "some of today's art-science practitioners are getting involved in open-source [free collaboration], practical, physical solutions to ocean issues like clean-up of oil spills, floating garbage, and heavy metals."
"Protei_002" is a prototype for a fleet of low-cost, articulated, DIY, semi-autonomous, oil-collecting sailboats. The full-sized boat pulls a sorbent boom, which absorbs oil off the top of water near spill sites. It is the first sailboat that can catch winds from both sides and can therefore sail upwind and intercept the oil sheens as they travel downwind. It can be controlled remotely and so does not endanger the health of operators via exposure to toxins. It can travel long distances from shore, work continuously during the day or night, and is much cheaper than existing skimming technologies. It is open source, making it possible for individuals to tailor the design to different functions, and to collaborate on its development. http://www.sciencegallery.com/
"Protei_002" is included in the current exhibition, "Surface Tension: The Future of Water" at the Science Gallery in Dublin.http://www.sciencegallery.com/
It's worth a look.