The Killer viruses by Luke Jerram made of beautiful glass
Deadly Virus And Bacteria Glass Sculptures by Luke Jerram
When we hear about deadly viruses, we rarely think of their beautifully complicated biological structures. However, UK-based visual artist Luke Jerram managed to alter our perception of such lethal viruses as Malaria, Small Pox, HIV or Swine Flu. Jerram created the exact visual replicas of the viruses, only made of glass and thousand times bigger than the originals.
Seen blown up to one-million times their original size, these crystal-clear, some almost wriggling replicas of HIV, E Coli and Malaria to name just a few show the haunting diseases rarely seen in such beautiful form.
After spending countless hours carefully investigating the biological structures of the viruses and consulting with virologist from University of Bristol. using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. Once sketched out, the images were sent to professional glassblowers Kim George, Brian George and Norman Veitch for their elaborate creation.
Photographs of Jerram’s glass artworks are now used widely in medical journals, text books and media stories and are seen as useful representations of virology within the scientific community. His work has been presented in the Lancet, the British Medical Journal and on the front cover of Nature Magazine.
The Glass Microbiology sculptures are in museum collections around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum, NYC, The Wellcome Collection, London and The Museum of Glass, Shanghai. They are also regularly displayed in exhibitions around the globe and also sold to private collectors. In 2010, Jerram received the 25th Rakow Award for the series from The Corning Museum of Glass, New York. In 2009, his sculptures were presented at The Mori Museum, Tokyo along with work by Damien Hirst, Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci. And now to see in Micropia in Amsterdam.
‘The reaction to the work really has been quite amazing,’ Jerram told the BBC. ‘They’re obviously incredibly beautiful so people are automatically attracted to things of beauty but when they realize actually what they are there’s that element of sort of repulsion.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1800 (Sun-Wed) and 0900-2000 (Thu-Sat).
Admission Prices (2014): €14 for adults, €12 for children 3-9, €7.50 for students, free for children 0-2.
Micropia, Artisplein, Plantage Kerklaan 36-38, Amsterdam