The scarlet dress made of thick, intertwined fibers could at first glance pass for a designer gown. But look closer and you’ll find it’s laced with medical tubing and a small syringe near the top. A fashion statement, yes, but maybe not the one you’d expect — it’s a clever take on a blood transfusion.
The piece of art is part of Cleveland Clinic eXpressions, an exhibit that showcases scientifically inspired paintings, sculptures, poems and other creative works at the Great Lakes Science Center through March 15.
Now in it’s fifth year, eXpressions began as a way for Cleveland Clinic high school science interns to discuss their research with their classmates. In turn, students create art inspired by what they learned, exposing them to a new field of study.
“It really is about communicating the complex ideas,” says Bryan Pflaum, associate director of creative learning for the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives.
Here’s a look at three pieces that caught our attention and the research behind them.