Posted by Mari Bell on November 22, 2022 November 22, 2022 STEAM Projects As the body ages, healthy intervertebral discs that help provide cushioning between the vertebral bones of the spine begin to degenerate. This causes pain and changes in the spine. The thinning and degeneration of the discs can take away the natural curvature of the spine and its flexibility and can cause the bones to start rubbing against one another, causing damage to vertebrae. This piece shows a more abstract and less anatomically correct view of spines, and how the bones interact with healthy and then degenerated discs. The discs (blue) are depicted as larger cushions on the left, and as you look more to the right, the discs begin to grow thinner and the bones begin to show damage and show the spine stiffening and becoming less flexible.