Discosphaera Light Sculpture 2018 Burning Man Festival Dio


Iona Scott is an Artist and Animator who has developed her work through the disciplines of Sculpture, Painting, 3D Animation and Theatre. The aim of her work is to inspire a reconnection to nature and in particular to raise awareness of the importance of microscopic plants.

Iona has performed in plays and led Art and Drama workshops with children in schools independently and with the eco-themed Theatre In Education Company she co-founded in 2002.

Iona has continuously exhibited her sculptures in London and San Francisco since her graduation. She then re-trained in 3D Animation and worked as a 3D Artist in a Computer Games Company before bringing plankton into the digital realm.

In 2004 Iona approached Kew with a proposal for an immersive exhibit using stereoscopic 3D technology and was commissioned to make 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D'. This 3D display has been resident in the Marine Display under the Palm House since then.

The Marine Display closed in April 2017 after kindly hosting 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D' for 13 years.

Iona's work has relevance across many areas including conservation, education ansd STEM and can be implemented in schools, museums, aquariums, and alongside conservation organisations.

Throughout years of feedback from Kew and around the country, again and again, audiences are feeling inspired and excited by 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D'.

They are rediscovering an invisible dimension and learning facts through a direct experience of this underwater microscopic realm which is otherwise impossible to visit.

This provides a powerful starting point for a conversation about conservation.

Iona continues to exhibit 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D' at many events including Brighton Science Festival and Brighton Digital Festival and her vision is to work to support conservation organisations and to exhbit her work in order to empower and inspire all generations.

Iona is currently a resident at The Digital Catapult Centre in Brighton where she is developing VR apps 'Shrunk' with Jake Slack and 'Bloom' with Javier Alvarez and her recycled plastic 3D printed 'Discosphaera' Light Sculpture.

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Discosphaera sculpture shortlisted for Wildlife Artist of the Year The Mall Galleries from June 28th - July 2nd 2016





Shrink yourself to the size of a pinhead and immerse yourself in a Giant Microscopic 3D World

Plankton provide 50% of the oxygen on the Planet




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