Cave paintings with molecular structures? New art on campus features both, but where can you find it, and how are they related?
A: Throughout history, humans have been fascinated with the animals that share our planet. Three murals in the new Hobart and Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences feature Paleolithic paintings from the Lascaux Cave in southwest France. They depict large animals including horses, cattle, bison, deer and wild goats. The paintings in each mural are overlaid with scientific drawings representing areas of animal science research, including anatomy, genetics, and molecular and biochemical research (pictured). Professor of Animal Sciences Terry Stewart worked with the building’s designer and architect to develop the murals.
This mural is featured in the new animal sciences complex at Purdue; enjoy our image gallery of the buildings.