Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beauty Of Virology

These eye-catching glass sculptures are presented with amazing detail. As beautiful as it looks, they are ironically deadly. Luke Jerram worked with virologist from the University of Bristol to sculpt these transparent glass to represent viruses and bacteria. He explained how images of viruses are taken in black and white photographs. The color is added for scientific purpose to create an emotional response or to make them more attractive, leading the public in a misguided perception. Luke created this series to bring in detail and tangible comprehension to the public in a form of three-dimensional representation which offers a different perspective in virology.

These sculptures are on permanent display at Wellcome Collection in London, and in Bristol City Museum. Luke Jerram won an Institute for Medical Imaging Award for his artwork. Check out his website for a detailed artist statement as well as his other projects.