Full Exhibit Postponed to 2021
Originally scheduled for Spring 2020, Lyda Hill Philanthropies' IF/THEN® Initiative will present #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit in 2021 at Dallas' NorthPark Center. This monumental exhibit will be the most women statues ever assembled in one location, at one time. These 122 3-D printed statues are contemporary female STEM professionals and role models from a variety of industries including entertainment, sports, business and academia.
These 3D-printed statues celebrate accomplished women from across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Their jobs include shark tagging, designing fashion, and training Olympic athletes—and that’s just for starters. Selected to share their stories and serve as high-profile role models, these diverse innovators serve as Ambassadors for IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers.
This installation is rooted in a simple truth: seeing is believing. When a girl sees a woman successfully pursuing a STEM career (and having fun!), she is more likely to imagine a STEM career for herself … and perhaps even change the world.
Who we choose to honor with a statue says a lot about our culture’s values. Do you realize that most statues are of men? In fact, a 2016 study led by former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios found that found the 10 largest U.S. cities publicly displayed fewer than a half-dozen statues of real women. Women also make up less than 30% of today’s STEM workforce—could there be a connection?
Once it became clear that we need more women in STEM and more statues of women, it only made sense to use a high-tech approach to create the figures. #IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit is the largest 3D-printed project of its kind. Each subject stood in a scanning booth that combined 89 cameras and 25 projectors to generate a 3D image. To print the image, a special machine slowly built up layers of acrylic gel. Ten (or more!) hours later: a full-sized 3D-printed human figure.
See yourself as a statue through this custom Instagram AR filter
Go behind-the-scenes with AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador, Ronda Hamm, to tour the 3D-printing facility.
Check out Saturday-morning TV show on CBS, Mission Unstoppable, hosted by Miranda Cosgrove and starring many of the women featured as statues in this exhibit!
Browse the IF/THEN® Collection
Thank you to all the partners that made the exhibit and exhibit preview possible: