Photo : G. Lovegrove 

I was sent this by the artist herself. When I opened the email attachment the image burst onto the screen, I was totally unprepared for the beauty and complexity of this portrayal of the Collider.

Genevieve enclosed a list of materials used, it reads a bit like a poem, here it is below: 

It's made of:
a suspender belt
stuff from Maplins that beats me
fishing tackle
pom poms
sudafed capsules
charity shop finds
Berwick Street fine fabrics
a bra strap
tile dividers
xmas baubles
etc etc etc

It is a great time ot be posting images of the Large Hadron Collider on this blog as just this week the press has been updating us on the next project in Cerne. 

After a two year shutdown the new mission is to find DARK MATTER, to do this the fist step according to the Times ( 6 April 2015 ) was that two beams of particles travelling close to the speed of light were sent in opposite directions through 27 Kilometres of underground tunnels. 

For those of you who would like to know a bit more about the LHC,  the Science and Technology Facilities Council website is excellent. I have included some of their material below: 

Large Hadron Collider

A bird’s eye view of the LHC
(Credit: CERN)

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is by far the most powerful particle accelerator built to date. Following an upgrade, the LHC now operates at an energy that is 7 times higher than any previous machine! The LHC is based at the European particle physics laboratory CERN, near Geneva in Switzerland. CERN is the world’s largest laboratory and is dedicated to the pursuit of fundamental science.

Evolution of the universe
Evolution of the universe after the big bang
(Credit: CERN)

The LHC allows scientists to reproduce the conditions that existed within a billionth of a second after the Big Bang by colliding beams of high-energy protons or ions at colossal speeds, close to the speed of light. This was the moment, around 13.7 billion years ago, when the Universe is believed to have started with an explosion of energy and matter. During these first moments all the particles and forces that shape our Universe came into existence, defining what we now see.


LHC beamline
Maintenance on the LHC beamline
(Credit: CERN)

The LHC is exactly what its name suggests - a large collider of hadrons (any particle made up of quarks). Strictly, LHC refers to the collider; a machine that deserves to be labelled ‘large’, it not only weighs more than 38,000 tonnes, but runs for 27km (16.5mi) in a circular tunnel 100 metres beneath the ground. Particles are propelled in two beams going around the LHC to speeds of 11,000 circuits per seconds, guided by massive superconducting magnets! These two beams are then made to cross paths and some of the particles smash head on into one another

(With thanks for replicating the material from the website STFC website).