Yelena Popova’s Ripple-Marked Radiance (after Hertha Ayrton) in Storey’s Field Centre on Friday 27 September 2019 at 4pm

Yelena Popova’s tapestry for the Storey’s Field Centre is the final chapter in the first phase of public art commissions for the North West Cambridge Development.


Ripple-Marked Radiance (after Hertha Ayrton), celebrates human invention, exemplified through a reading of the work of pioneering scientist Hertha Ayrton. The energy of the ripple, lightwaves and electrons that were Ayrton’s tools of work form a powerful metaphor for the energy of a new community at Eddington – home to many of the staff and researchers contributing to the production of knowledge at the University. As does Ayrton herself, whose courage in pursuing scientific research in a largely male-dominated field provides inspiration for young women to think of science as a career for them. This seems an entirely fitting response for Eddington’s central gathering place – a place of inspiration, community and collaboration.