The Large Hadron Collider is…beautiful!

Posted by Robert Weitz on March 3, 2009 10:08 AM

One of our favorite blogs, Boing Boing, has been following the amazing work of photographer Peter McCready. McCready’s QTVR panoramas of the biggest, most intricate machines known to man are simply put—overwhelming. Both the expression, via simple but very high-res single node VR, and the objects McCready photographs evoke the kind of heart-thumping that occurs when one first sees St. Peter’s or the Grand Canyon.

Large Hadron Collider

McCready simulates immersion using very detailed QTVR photography, accompanied by the sounds of the actual environment. The environments he is documenting like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Compact Muon Spectrometer, and A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) are all machines that are designed and created to challenge and explore the outer most sanctums of our understanding of the universe. While not designed with beauty in mind, they are nevertheless sublimely beautiful.

Spend some time clicking through McCready’s site and remember to use the best audio and visual set up you have. I’ll be discussing this more in a future post.

This is the QTVR of the LHC.


  1. Stump says:

    Pretty amazing. I want to know how he does that without getting his feet in the picture. (The floors are my favorite part.)

  2. Robert Weitz says:

    Ha! I loved the floor too. It’s the one area that really shows how sharp the shots are… and with all that detail, it’s the sound that gives you the best sense of the place.