This Is The Last Thing I Thought Could Be Beautiful. Especially Considering It May Kill You.

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Artist Luke Jerram began creating complex glass sculptures of viruses, diseases and bacteria in 2004. Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the body of artwork titled ‘Glass Microbiology’ is created as  an alternative representations of viruses to the artificially colored imagery received through much of 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.

Feels weird to say this, but some of those pathogens are oddly beautiful.


Swine flu (H1N1)

Luke Jerram working on an E. Coli sculpture.

E. Coli (Close up)

Bird flu (H5N1)

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)



T4 Bacteriophage

Beautiful stuff, but I gotta say, that T4 Bacteriophage gives me the creeps.

Source: Luke Jerram

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