glass microscopy

Luke Jerram, Swine Flu, Glass microscopy, 2010

in a series of glass sculptures reproducing the molecular structure of well-known viruses, from HIV to SARS, glass-blowing artist Luke Jerram eliminated coloring, and with it, a number of assumptions that normally come when fluorescent colors are applied to represent microscopic organisms. Jerram’s colorless glass sculptures triggered a series of reflections regarding the role of colors in the molecular visualization of viruses. In fact, if the choice of colors to portray a microscopic substance can influence the way in which we see and interpret the image, then, eliminating one of these elements has the potential to underline the extent to which such practice reflects and, in turn, “adversely distort the opinion of the viewer” (Boustead, Seed Magazine, October 15, 2009)

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