Glass Microbiology

Apart from developing my own work, I have also been researching other art that has been inspired by disease and chronic conditions, sounds delightful doesn’t it?!

Well, as dark as it sounds I have found beautiful work by the artist Luke Jerram.

From 2004 he has created a body of work ┬ánamed, ‘Glass Microbiology’. Looking at serious diseases, he successfully transforms them in to stunning glass sculptures.

They are made solely from glass to create impact and to take them away from the artificially coloured images used by the media, when really they have no colour as they are smaller than the wavelength of light.

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Here is an example of HIV imagery that has been coloured for either scientific purposes or for an aesthetic reason, when in fact it would most likely resemble this,

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HIV

Following are some of the most detrimental virus cells, but shown in this medium I can’t help but admire them. They look so delicate and fragile, not like the angry, brightly coloured images we are used to seeing.

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Swine Flu

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Small Pox

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E.coli

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Sars

Papilloma

Human Papilloma

Ebola detail

Ebola detail

Malaria

Malaria

Avian Flu

Avian Flu

Salmonella

Salmonella

These are not only stunning pieces of art work, they have also been vastly used for medical  literature as they are so accurate to the real life cells.

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I find this fascinating as I never thought there would be such a significant crossover of between art and science.

This work has inspired me to look even deeper into what MS is, not only what it does, but how it looks and I love it!