visitors get a close-up look at plant hydroponics
in Phil Ross's art installation, called "Jarred
Traits collection investigates the structure and nature
of life through four different sections: The Stuff of
Life, Life Needs Energy, Making More Life, and Change
Over Time. Each section is designed to help visitors
see past the diversity of living things to the underlying
unity connecting us all.
Stuff of Life
Whatever form life takes, its put together with
the same materials: Were all made of cells, proteinsand
the molecule that tells them both what to do, DNA.
Plants (and some fungi and bacteria) get energy directly,
using sunlight to make the food they need. Animals (including
us) get energy indirectly, consuming both plants and
other animals to get the food they need.
Only living things can create other living things. By
making more of themselves, organisms ensure that life
goes on, even though individuals die.
An organisms appearance and behavior come from
information contained in its DNA. Found in the cells
of all living things, DNA passes this vital information
from generation to generation. Because even a small
change in DNA can create radical changes in an organism,
DNA has become the engine of evolution.