Remarkable images of the Large Hadron Collider by photographer Simon Norfolk, commissioned for the New York Times Magazine:
"Seeing the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, and I was amazed that it resembled the view one has bending one's neck back and looking up into the cupola of an English cathedral, or the domes of the mosques I once photographed in Isfahan. In vast, columned chambers, the blades of the LHC were being assembled in an atmosphere of methodical, industrial piety. But when I made the final prints, they seemed to resemble crop circles or Tibetan mandalas. One of the disks is even fronted by a massive, stonehenge-like monolith."