Particle detector-inspired art installed in London ice well

An art installation inspired by particle physics has been installed in an historic London ice well.

Artist Lyndall Phelps came up with the work after talking to physicist Dr Ben Still about underground particle detectors such as Super-Kamioande, which is located under a mountain in Japan.

In these deep dark spaces, light is used to detect particles.

Phelps was commissioned by the UK Institute of Physics to create her installation in the subterranean ice wells that lie beneath the London Canal Museum. These huge brick-lined wells were built in the 19th century to store ice, before the invention of artificial refrigeration.

BBC News spoke to Lyndall Phelps as the installation took shape - then returned to see the work finally finished.

Superposition opens at the London Canal Museum on 24 August.

Video journalists: Victoria Gill & Melissa Hogenboom

BBC News