UK artist Luke Jerram’s viral visions, titled Microbiology, are glass sculptures representing various harmful viruses and bacteria. We love the fact that something so infectious and scary, in Luke’s hands, are transformed into something so incredibly harmonious and beautiful…
The image (top) of Luke’s E coli, reminds us of Dale Chihuly’s tentacled glassworks – while the others call to mind fanciful dandelions, snowflake crystals, space stars, vacuum tubes and magic wands.
About the Glasswork
This body of glass work has been developed since 2004. Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the artworks were created as alternative representations of viruses to the artificially coloured imagery we receive through the media. In fact, viruses have no color as they are smaller than the wavelength of light. By extracting the color from the imagery and creating jewel like beautiful sculptures in glass, a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.
The sculptures are designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. – Via Luke Jerram
Thanks to Lost At E Minor for the tip!