ZHAO CHUANG AND YANG YANG & PNSO’S SCIENTIFIC ART PROJECTS PLAN: THE STORIES ON EARTH (2010—2070)
ZHAO Chuang and YANG Yang are two professionals who work together to create scientific art. Mr. ZHAO Chuang, a scientific artist, and Ms. YANG Yang, an author of scientific children’s books, started working together when they jointly founded PNSO, an organization devoted to the research and creation of scientific art in Beijing on June 1st, 2010. A few months later, they launched Scientific Art Projects Plan: The Stories on Earth (2010-2070). The plan uses scientific art to create a captivating, historically accurate narrative. These narratives are based on the latest scientific research, focusing on the complex relationships between species, natural environments, communities, and cultures. The narratives consider the perspectives of human civilizations while exploring Earth’s past, present, and future. The PNSO founders plan to spend 60 years to do research and create unique and engaging scientific art and literature for people around the world. They hope to share scientific knowledge through publications, exhibitions, and courses. PNSO’s overarching goal is to serve research institutions and the general public, especially young people.
PNSO has independently completed or participated in numerous creative and research projects. The organization’s work has been shared and loved with thousands of people around the world. PNSO collaborates with professional scientists and has been invited to many key laboratories around the world to create scientific works of art. Many works produced by PNSO staff members have been published in leading journals, including Nature, Science, and Cell. The organization has always been committed to supporting state-of-the-art scientific explorations. In addition, a large number of illustrations completed by PNSO staff members have been published and cited in hundreds of well-known media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Asahi Shimbun, People’s Daily, BBC, CNN, Fox News, and CCTV. The works created by PNSO staff members have been used to help the public better understand the latest scientific discoveries and developments. In the public education sector, PNSO has held joint exhibitions with scientific organizations including the American Museum of Natural History, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the City Museum of Nottingham, and the Chongqing Museum of Natural History. PNSO has also completed international cooperation projects with the World Young Earth Scientist Congress and the Earth Science Matters Foundation, thus helping young people in different parts of the world understand and appreciate scientific art.