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„Urban Sketchers" set the scene for GSI and FAIR


With pencils, color palettes and other painting utensils the "Urban Sketchers Rhein-Main" were guests at GSI and FAIR. The motto of the international artist network, which is represented by regional groups all over the world, says: "We show the world, one drawing at a time” For this purpose the group members visit interesting places which they paint or draw. This time it was the world of fast ions and the universe in the lab that the "Urban Sketchers" focused on and captured on paper.

During their visit to the research campus, Dr. Ingo Peter, head of public relations at GSI and FAIR, first gave the more than 30 artists an overview of current research projects and the international accelerator center FAIR currently under construction at GSI. Afterwards, there was time for exciting discoveries and hunting for motifs around the existing accelerator facilities, experimental setups, high-tech components and the platform, which provides a wide view of the mega construction site for FAIR and the large ring accelerator, the heart of the future facility.

The "Urban Sketchers" were offered numerous outstanding motifs, from the big picture to the aesthetic high-tech detail. At the end of their visit, the group had a wide range of artworks in front of them – extraordinary, precisely observed and realized with very individual handwritings. As stated in the Manifesto of the "Sketchers", the illustrators, whether professional artists or enthusiastic amateurs, publish their drawings and information about their activities online via blogs and social media channels. (BP)

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Urban Sketchers Rhein-Main

Numerous outstanding motifs were offered to the "Urban Sketchers" during their visit at GSI/FAIR
The "Urban Sketchers" regularly visit interesting places that they paint or draw.
Artistic view of the large scale detector HADES.
The mega construction site FAIR was not be missed as a motif for the "Urban Sketchers".
"We show the world, one drawing at a time” is the motto of the group.
At many stations on the campus the guests could draw and paint. These included (clockwise) the experimental storage ring, the FAIR construction site, the therapy unit for tumor treatment using ions, the test facility for superconducting accelerator magnets and the largescale detector HADES.
The "Urban Sketchers" are represented by regional groups all over the world, one of which has been formed in the Rhine-Main region.
At the events of the "Urban Sketchers" a wide range of artwork is drawn and painted.
From the viewing platform, visitors had the opportunity to see one of the largest construction sites for cutting-edge research worldwide at close range and to sketch it.
With the drawing pencil or the colour palette, very individual pictures are created, this shows a superconducting magnet for the large FAIR ring accelerator.
Photo and drawing: Sandra Schwark
Photo: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Pfoto: L. Weitz / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Photo: L. Weitz / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Photo: L. Weitz / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung