The far reach of the web

A few months ago, I received email from a science teacher at an American School in Brazil. She explained that her 5th grade students were doing some science lessons about water and surface tension and such. She had seen my Liquid Sculpture site and asked if she could use some of the images in her class. Well, yes, that would be fine with me (having aspired through college to be a high-school science teacher, I was happy that my work would find its way into a school).

A couple of months later, I received a packet in the mail. The school had created a cross-disciplinary project for all 5th graders, based on my images. For science, they investigated the variety of shapes I generate. For art, each student was to choose one of my untitled images, and give it a name. Then, as part of communication skills, each wrote me a one-page letter telling me their title, and explaining why they chose it. The packet I received was 80 such letters bound in a notebook, each adorned with hand-drawn decorations around the border.

It sent chills up my spine and brought a tear to my eye. My work had touched the lives of dozens of developing young minds 10,000 miles away. And that touched me back.

Front cover of school project

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7 Responses to The far reach of the web

  1. Sue says:

    Visiting via Lynn .. 🙂 That is one of the marvels of our age isn’t it! How we can connect with so many that up until a couple of decades ago would be beyond the reach of most.

  2. nika says:

    This is beautiful! I am a scientist too and we homeschool.. I will be using your images and what I learn here for a project with my 10 year old (she would be in 5th grade).. I have made first attempts at HSP water droplets () but look forward to the fruits of high speed fluid streams. I like your surface tension pics too .. love them all 🙂

    Something I have caught in my rudimentary shots is static electrical discharges, have you noticed that in any of your shots?

  3. nika says:

    sorry forgot to give you the link

    you can see shots there of the electricity

  4. rhea angela says:

    your website is great. i’m reading on some techniques because we have to do some liquid sculpture for our art appreciation subject. i’m 17 from the philippines… sorry too short message i have to go…

  5. Monica True says:

    I’m from Brazil by the way too.. must be an omen! :-)))

  6. Anders says:

    I really admire your work Martin, and I don’t know how many times I’ve visited your page.
    The inspiration from your page really makes me take more pictures of liquids. At an totally different level than you, but I’m getting better and better.

    Have you tried The Time Machine? I was wondering if I should invest in that one.. After reading your pages over and over again I realize that I’m not as technical as you.. he he he… And I should probably settle for an simpler solution.

    It seems like your work has stretched all over mother earth.. So this is Norway calling!
    Looking forward to hear from you!

  7. martinw says:


    Thanks for the encouragement.

    I think The Time Machine is a good choice. It has all the accuracy and sensors you’ll need. (Note: I haven’t actually used one, but I have spoken with several people who have, and the reports are good.)

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