WASHINGTON – Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences announces “The NAS Building Timeline & Promethean Sparks Mural,” an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the NAS Building, which opened in 1924. The exhibition is on view at the National Academy of Sciences through Dec. 31, 2024.

Inspired by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building, which turns 100 this year, sixth-grade students at the Alain Locke School in West Philadelphia created the “Promethean Sparks” mural. The students collaborated with artist and educator Ben Volta to imagine how scientific imagery in the building’s Great Hall—from the “Prometheus” mural by Albert Herter and the golden dome by Hildreth Meière—might look if recreated in the 21st century. Their vibrant mural is exhibited alongside a timeline highlighting the accomplishments of the Academy in the context of US and world events over the past century.

Pictured: Promethean Sparks Mural, 2024.

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July 9, 2024