Glass Microbiology Sculptures of Viruses and Bacteria #ArtTuesday
Above is the T4 Bacteriophage rendered in glass. Taking a look at that very, very small creature does is more convincing than an hour-long harangue on the notion that life came from outer space. A T4 Bacteriophage looks more like an alien than anything on Star Trek. The Glass Microbiology project comes from the mind of artist Luke Jerram. Here’s more from COLOSSAL:
Created approximately 1 million times larger than the actual cells, Jerram’s works highlight the intricate and unique structures without obscuring a viewer’s impression based on color. He collaborates with virologists from the University of Bristol to ensure the form’s accuracy before being glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones, and Norman Veitch help mold the delicate shapes, starting with the coiled nucleic acid at the center and later the outer proteins. Together, they’ve created dozens of models so far, including the long, worm-like ebola and a T4 bacteriophage with a rectangular head and multiple legs.
“Of course, by making it in glass, you create something that’s incredibly beautiful. There’s a tension there, between the beauty of the object and what it represents,” the U.K.-based artist said in an interview. “By making the invisible visible, we’re able to feel like we have a better sense of control over it.”
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