As a connecting element to the building, motifs on interior walls celebrate the interconnectedness of the various disciplines within science and mathematics. Designed by Ana England of the Department of Visual Arts, the representations are at one level realistic, depicting forms in nature such as strata of rock, cells, wings, seeds, molecules, and geometric shapes, and at another level highly symbolic representing interdependency, the life cycle, inquiry and research, numeric systems, learning, and transformation. [As described by the Natural Science Center website: Last accessed April 23, 2010 http://campusplan.nku.edu/academic_buildings/science.php]
[Abstract from artist statement Ana England, A celebration of interconnections] “Net” is shorthand for network, a system or group of interconnected individuals….England derives the literal image of Net from the algae net that lies on top of still water, whose structural forms are visible under a microscope. Microscopic plants like algae exist in colonies; each plant is dependent on and linked to the others.