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Marbles in the Quad: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Engineering

Event Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Discover the new art installation in the Science & Engineering Quad and join Stanford Engineering Dean Jennifer Widom and members of the art selection committee as they talk about art in the context of Earth history, the intersection of art and engineering, the role of art when designing public spaces, and the engineering challenges presented in the course of the installation. This interdisciplinary event will bring together Stanford Engineering Dean Jennifer Widom, Professor Donald Lowe (Earth Sciences), Amy Larimer (Architectural Design Program, Civil & Environmental Engineering), Sophia Pink (BS '19, Mechanical Engineering, MS '20 Mgmt Science & Engineering) and Ann Tanaka (BS '19 Engineering, Art). Brochures for self-guided tours will be available at the event. A reception will follow from 4:15-6:00 p.m, in the Huang Foyer (basement level)


3:15 - 4:15 pm | Presentations
3:15 - 3:20 pm — Opening remarks: Dean Jennifer Widom (5')
3: 20 - 3:35 pm — Flash talk: Donald R. Lowe, Max Steineke Professor in Earth Sciences, Pars pro Toto: Snippets in the Search for Beginnings (10-12')
3:30 - 3:55 pm — Amy Larimer, Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Architectural Design Program, Department of Civil & Environment Engineering moderates conversation with Sophia Pink and Ann Tanaka, Art Selection Committee (then students, now alumnae), on the intersection of engineering and art and the role of art and design in public spaces (20-25')
3:55 - 4:15 pm — Audience Q&A - Prof. Lowe, Amy Larimer, Sophia Pink, Ann Tanaka (20')
4:15 - 6:00 pm | 
Posters, reception, and self-guided tours


We will have 5-7 posters of photos showing the installation. Karla Traynor-Smith, the installation project manager (and engineer) will be on hand to answer questions related to the installation and the engineering challenges, along with Jaime Eredia, from our Engineering's facilities team.

The event will be audio-recorded.