September 16, 2009

Oh beautiful beautiful virus

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:28 am by Margi Macdonald

Artist Luke Jerram's sculptural representation of the ovoid H1N1 Swine Flu virus

Artist Luke Jerram's sculptural representation of the ovoid H1N1 Swine Flu virus

Many fellow WordPressers will be marvelling at these exquisite glass sculptures today.

The photo is by the artist, whose representations of some well-known viruses and bacteria are currently showing in the UK.

This is a stunningly created marriage of science and art, providing us with a peek into the microcosmos which is the world-within-our-world of germy things.

If you go here you’ll be able to thumb through images of Jerram’s other crystalline, clear beauties. The HIV virus – in glass at least- is an elegantly spare orb; its beauty belies the tragedy which is AIDS.

From beauty comes horror and despair.

It was ever thus.

So how can we bring beauty into the horrid? Luke Jerram has achieved it with these works. How do you enrich your life, and those of others, with attention to beauty which is not always visible?

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