“The Optik-Tivoli provides a fascinating experience of light as a phenomenon – its characteristics and effects. Teaching is an art and art is an asset in teaching. This applies both to when we teach and when we are going to be involved in knowledge.”

So says Solweig Palm, educationalist and coordinator for the NTA, natural science and technology for all, and for Creative Teaching at The Works. She guides us into the magical world of light.

“Light is the word we use for the electromagnetic waves found throughout the universe. The spectrum for this radiation stretches from waves two kilometres long, friendly ones used for long-wave radio, and the very shortest that are found in nuclear power stations, gamma radiation that is dangerous for all living organisms. In one small interval of this spectrum is light – the white light that humans can perceive and which can be divided into the six clear colours of the rainbow.”

With history, art, natural science and technology as its four pillars, teaching has found its home in The Works – and the source of inspiration is of course Avesta Art. The aim is to create a way of working that is so varied, enjoyable and artistic that everybody can find the keys necessary for opening the doors to new knowledge. Space was the theme in 2007. Bagdad is – with its oriental environment and interpretation – the guide for mathematics since 2010. The work has been encouraged by grants from the Erik Johan Ljungberg’s Teaching Foundation and local companies.

Optik-Tivolit has its premiere in 2011 thanks to the initiative of Solweig Palm. The idea has grown out of the teaching at The Works for sixth grade students and been realised through worldwide contacts. She has developed the concept of the Tivoli together with Hans Nilsson who has for many years been Avesta Art’s exhibition technician. Solweig is very proud that Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Japan has very kindly lent his optical illusions to Optik-Tivoli. During the summer of 2011 Optik- Tivoli is open in connection with Avesta Art. Afterwards visits can be booked for school classes and others groups of inquiring minds.