Images and objects tell story of electricity

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By Gemma Adams / 18 May 2017

The Wellcome Trust has launched ‘Electricity: Spark of Life’, an exhibition telling the story of electricity - which it claims is the story of life itself. From the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, this invisible yet vital force is intrinsic to human life. For centuries, electricity has captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike, and in the modern era it has transformed our world.

From the first breaths of Frankenstein’s monster to the brutal simplicity of the execution chair, this exhibition contemplates the contradictory life-giving and death-dealing extremes generated by electricity, and traces the story of how humanity has striven to understand, unlock and gain control over this invisible yet all-encompassing force, which continues to mystify and amaze. 

Find out more here: https://wellcomecollection.org/electricity

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