A Beautiful Embodiment of the Chandra Archive

The people who work at the Chandra X-ray Center truly have many talents. Take, for example, Sherry Winkelman who works on the Chandra Data Archive, which houses the vast amounts of Chandra observations taken over the lifetime of the mission.

Just recently, Sherry’s quilt called "Interchange," an abstraction of the Chandra archive, was accepted for the 2015 Smithsonian Community Committee art exhibition, Artists at Work show. The quilt will be on exhibit in the Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. from February 4 through May 1, 2015.

In her own words, Sherry describes the work:

"The primary function of the Chandra Data Archive is data discovery and dissemination, making Chandra data available to astronomers around the world. In this quilt I began with an image of a highway interchange, replacing cars with computer chips and other components to represent data and science flowing between the archive and researchers."

Our congratulations and admiration go out to Sherry for her work – both for the archive and art community!

-Megan Watzke, Chandra

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