"Scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become, like the radium, a benefit for humanity."
Attendees at the 1st Solvay Conference on contemporary problems in physics and chemistry politely pose for the camera while Marie sits conferring with fellow scientist Henri Poincare. That's Albert Einstein looking over her shoulder.
This sculpture, inspired by the element Marie named after her home country, was commissioned by the City of Warsaw in honor of one of its most famous inhabitants and designed by the Kosmos Project + Good Looking studios.