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Periodic Table Printmaking Project (2007)

Tin is a silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 50. (Symbol: Sn). I pictured The Steadfast Tin Soldier from the classic fairy tale by Anderson.


Mendelevium is the chemical element of atomic number 101, a radioactive metal of the actinide series. (Symbol: Md) It does not occur naturally and was first made in 1955 by bombarding einsteinium with helium ions. Named after Dmitry Mendeleev (1834 -1907), Russian chemist who developed the periodic table.


Darmstadtium is the synthetic chemical element, a superheavy metal, of atomic number 110. The first atom of the heaviest chemical element was detected in Darmstadt, Germany in 1994. The element 110 decays after a small fraction of a thousandth of a second into lighter elements by emitting alpha-particles which are the nuclei of helium atoms.
Reading about Darmstadtium I instantly imagined its superheavy atom lifted by an old-fashioned circus weightlifter. He is struggling under the weight while looking expectantly at his wristwatch: the weight is supposed to lighten any millisecond now.

These are three 6"x6" linocuts I did for the Periodic Table of Elements Printmaking Project. 96 printmakers from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, United States, have joined together to produce 118 prints in any original printmaking medium. The end result intended to promote both science and the arts. To veiw the whole Periodic Table, click here
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