Binghamton University is using artwork to highlight some of its important research into science.
The Science 4 building, which houses BU’s Psychology Department, was recently gutted and renovated.
The department’s chair, Matthew Johnson turned to Associate Professor of Art and Design, Blazo Kovacevic to incorporate art and signage for the building.
Kovacevic installed images of brains in the building’s windows and entryway, created a staff directory in the foyer, and produced a sculpture out of an ash tree that represents the components of a neuron.
Johnson says the end product represents the mission of the psych department. “He ended up looking at all of the research that the faculty members do, and he looked for a connection across all of them. What he came up with was the idea of brains, he said no matter what part of psychology you study, it happens in the brain.”
The collaboration also fit nicely into the school’s current focus on what it calls trans-disciplinary research, bringing together different departments on a single project.