1.624 people have already visited the exhibition and more than 300 high school students have attended guided-tours
The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Non Complex Systems (IFISC, UIB-CSIC), Red Eléctrica de España, the Universitat de les Illes Balears, the Council of Palma and the Fundació Palma-Espai d'Art have agreed to extend the exhibition “Il·lumina’t” up to January the 3rd. The exhibition, at the Casal Solleric, was firstly scheduled until December the 20th, but due to the audience success will be extended a few more days.
The exhibition has been organized on the occasion of the Declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Light and light-based technologies by the United Nations. The UN proposes a reflection on the importance of light-based technologies, and the light itself in our lives, and asks what are the main technological challenges in the future related to well-being and social progress. The European Physical Society considers that the celebration of the International Year of Light is a great opportunity to extend the knowledge of light technology, and “il·lumina’t” has been organized with this aim.
Through several experiments on laser and optical illusions, “il·lumina’t” presents and interactive experiments amongst light properties and its applications. It contains experiments like colors shadows, to understand the superposition of light; infinity mirrors, explaining the reflection of light; a praxinoscope, to know about the origin of films; a dark camera, to see how the first photo camera was; laser air communications, to demonstrate that light also carries information; and a reproduction of one of the first lasers, laser (HeNe) gas, among other experiments.
The exhibition also shows the functioning of the electrical system and the central role of Red Eléctrica de España, as well as the major projects that the company has in the Balearic Islands, for instance the underwater electrical interconnections.
Parallel to the extension in the calendar, the laser graffiti activity will be extended to the 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and 23rd of December starting at 6 pm. On the other hand, the guided tours for the general public will be at 5pm, as it were.