Viral Sculptures

A series of pretty pictures on the Telegraph website: Artist Luke Jerram’s viral sculptures.

Here’s SARS, looking very shiny:

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There’s more info on the artist’s website. Jerram is colour blind, but for something like this that doesn’t make any difference. Viruses don’t have a particular “colour”. We know what they look like from electron microscopy, and that just shows the shape – no colour. So making these sculptures out of plain transparent glass is as close to an approximation of what they look like as anything else.

The art has been acquired by the Wellcome Collection, which I mentioned before, and which still needs to get its own post.

[Thanks to Pim for sending a link to the pictures!]