Wild River Review Celebrates Quark Park – Where Science Meets Art

September 6, 2006

WRR 2006

September 6, 2006
Media Contact: Kim Nagy or Joy Stocke
Phone: 609-439-8667 or 609-213-6580

Wild River Review celebrates Quark Park, where science meets art

The Story behind the Sculpture Garden featuring over a dozen nationally prominent scientists including Freeman Dyson, Shirley Tilghman, and Tracey Shors

SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA) The international online magazine Wild River Review ( announced its fall interview series (to run from September through December) featuring Quark Park, a sculpture garden that celebrates the mysteries of science and art.

Wild River Review will provide readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, scientists, architects, and artists who teamed up to build Quark Park, an outdoor garden highlighting the scientific work of Princeton-area scientists, including Professor of Molecular Biology and Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman, and Templeton Prize-winning mathematician and physicist Freeman Dyson. Quark Park has fused the talents of architects, artists, and landscapers to create an interactive outdoor classroom where you can taste, touch, and smell the mechanics of science.

The man behind Quark Park, visionary and landscape designer Peter Soderman, describes his inspiration for the garden in an exclusive interview with Wild River Review’s Executive Editor, Joy Stocke. Concerned about the American public’s astonishing lack of scientific knowledge, Soderman, owner of Bohemian Grove Landscaping Company, encouraged local scientists to come out of their laboratories and present their work in the public sphere. Read more in Wild River Review’s interview with Peter Soderman.
Architect Kevin Wilkes of Princeton Design Guild describes why he committed himself to building Quark Park in his interview with Kim Nagy. “We have a problem in America with the widening gap between profound scientific knowledge and the empirical existence of everybody’s daily lives . . . If a child looks at a sculpture and all of a sudden he or she can visualize how neurons and receptors work in the brain, maybe that will open a new channel into understanding science. Hopefully, something will be triggered by the experience.”

Have you ever wondered what smell looks like?  Or how the male and female hippocampi differ? (Hint: one is bigger than the other.) Or how sound travels through stone? Visit over the coming months. We might not have all the answers, but we know how to ask the right questions.

In the coming months, readers will find thought-provoking interviews with the scientists and artists behind Quark Park:

  • Freeman Dyson, physicist and mathematician, whose book, “The Scientist as Rebel,” will be published (New York Review of Books Press) this fall.
  • Tracey Shors, internationally renowned neuroscientist, (Rutgers University) who specializes in learning and memory, as well as the differences between the male and the female hippocampus.
  • George Scherer, materials scientist and art conservationist at Princeton University who describes the countless ways that stone deteriorates over time. (Stay away from this one if you’re repaving your driveway.)
  • David Dobkin, computer scientist and Dean of Faculty at Princeton University. Find out what Dobkin likes to read when he’s not recruiting the leading scholars in the country.
  • Naomi Leonard, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University.
  • Bob Kuster glass artist whose exquisite glass exhibit portraying activity in the ocean has already been reserved for the Golden Globe Awards (and then heads to Sea World in Florida).
  • And much, much more.

Wild River Review updates content throughout each month. The publication continually searches for and offers high-quality inventive voices, experimental themes, diverse subjects, and riveting images from around the world. It is the creation of a team of professional writers and artists known as the Wild River Gang.