Mason High School, Mason, Ohio, USA
Neodymium: The background is light gray to fill the tile with the element’s appearance, silver with a metallic lustre. The biohazard symbol is centered to establish the strength and instability of neodymium due to its radioactivity. In nature, neodymium is often found in a gold-colored, crystalline mineral, monazite. One of the uses is for coloring glass blue or purple; therefore, a lavender glass is placed upon a table. The spectacles were worn by Carl Auer von Welsbach, who discovered neodymium in 1885. Lastly, the biohazard symbol is a flame to represent the most common use, in flint for lighting fires. I used acrylic paint on canvas.
Artwork by Katie Schussheim. Teacher: Karen Young, Mason High School, Mason, Ohio, USA
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* Haynes, W. M. (2011). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 91st edition: http://www.hbcponline.com/ Retrieved April 7, 2011
** Winter, M. (2010). Home of the Periodic Table. Retrieved April 8, 2011, from Web Elements: http://www.webelements.com/