Metabolon: Visual Journey Through Chlorophyll Biosynthesis

Metabolon: Visual Journey Through Chlorophyll Biosynthesis

If scientific data was presented as art, what would it look like? Quite possibly something like this.

Chlorophyll is the link between sunlight and life on earth. It’s created via a complex sequence of chemical reactions. This process is usually described by complex equations and language that only scientists understand. But there is another way.

Dr Nate Adams has teamed up with artists Seiko Kinoshita and Darren Richardson to bring the scientific data to vivid life as public art.

Metabolon can be viewed every day during the festival. You can also join the artists for a guided tour on:

  • Saturday 17 September, 2:00-2:30pm
  • Monday 19 September, 7:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday 21 September, 7:30-8:00pm

Arts Council EnglandThis exhibit is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


Research associate Dr Nate Adams is a bit of a magician. He has made clouds form at low altitudes. He has coded robots live on stage. These days, Nate’s experiments examine the way micro-organisms interact to create the pigments of life.

Seiko Kinoshita uses traditional textile techniques to create contemporary art. You may have seen her bluebirds installation in the stairwell of the city’s Central Library.