Photographer Eamonn McGoldrick
Graeme Jones is chemical ecologist at
In 2005 he was awarded a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship to develop his talents as a science entertainer. His ambition is to create a vibrant science culture accessible to all.
What Graeme Says
Molecules Matter has been a real adventure for me. It is the first time I have done a static exhibition that has lasted for more than a week and which I leave all alone to speak for itself. Interestingly I find it very a stimulating and creative experience to go back and see it for myself as a member of the public and it has already seeded some new ideas in my head.
might not look it but it is an exhibition which is very personal
to me and I am passionate about it. We scientists often get
people without emotion and feeling, but with Molecules Matter I
exposed and quite afraid about what people will say. The first
spoke to about the exhibition hated it and said why are you putting
plastic structures amongst these beautiful plants. To be honest I
was so gobsmacked and the people were so nice that I didn't try to
persuade them otherwise at the time, but on reflection there would be
no beauty without real
molecules and maybe the ugliness of the models reminds us of that.
Some of the plant and molecule choices are obvious, like the caffeine in coffee, others are there to illustrate the interests of the garden such as the Dragons Blood pigments and others are important for me, like the Biblical Molecules and In the Beginning which was all about the primordial soup we all come from. I am really interested in the similarity of the problems that Western Christianity and Science have, hence the biblical molecules, and I hope to explore this more down at the BA festival in
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