“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” – Carl Sagan
This project attempts to visualise the expansive idea of the origins of the elements that make us and our environment. When a given object is placed on the Elemental Scanner, it analyses its chemical composition and throws up the result, displaying its major element and the potential star that element originated from. The scanner demonstrates the cosmic chance by which these elements formed to create the earth and everything on it.
I designed and built the installation in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and Indian Institute of Science. It was exhibited at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore, during the Kalpaneya Yatre 2010, commemorating the International Year of Astronomy.