Murals are usually decidedly low-tech art. But one going up on a wall in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is part of what will eventually be a series of 10 augmented reality-enabled murals around the country that aims to highlight research by “badass ladies” in STEM.
The 27-foot-by-60-foot artwork, titled A Cluster of Enigmas, is the first in the series, collectively known as Findings. The mural project is the work of Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a multidisciplinary artist whose background in neuroscience and design has informed previous efforts such as a series of 3D-printed sculptures and a group of high-design posters, both of which highlight the work of women in STEM.
Each mural in the series is being created in collaboration with a scientific partner and will have its own scientific focus—things such as exoplanets, condensed-matter physics, dark matter, and climate science—that matches the broader goals of the Heising-Simons Foundation, which is funding Findings. A Cluster of Enigmas is based on research on brown dwarfs by Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History.