“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
A house by the sea, a son with an interest in marine biology, a television documentary featuring the Challenger Expedition, chance meetings with people from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Argyll … the sea cast its spell and an artistic exploration was underway.
This exhibition features artworks inspired by the Challenger Expedition. They acknowledge and celebrate the courage, determination and achievements of those who explore the unknown to give us a better understanding of our world and ourselves.
HMS Challenger sailed from Portsmouth on 21 December, 1872 and travelled nearly 70,000 nautical miles over four years, a ground-breaking voyage of discovery that laid the foundations of the academic discipline of oceanography. The fifty volume Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of HMS Challenger During the Years 1873-76 took twenty years to complete and catalogued more than four thousand previously unknown species.
The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists. More than a century after the expedition, NASA named the Apollo 17 lunar module and a space shuttle after the ship.