posted on Sep, 4 2014 @ 02:00 AM
I ran across this website and the beauty within stopped me in my tracks. I had to share it with you guys simply because of the juxtaposition found
Here we have an artist that has taken some pretty deadly viruses known to man and cloned what they look like under a microscope... in his favorite
medium.... glass. He has also thrown in other microorganisms as well for your enjoyment.
The result is amazing in my opinion and I am amazed that the deadly viruses can be translated into something so beautiful. I hope that you guys can
appreciate it as well.
Since Ebola is the soup de jour.... that is where I will start.
Next up is Smallpox -
Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a viral haemorrhagic fever and one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind. The
name comes from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it was first found.
One of the most complex glass artworks Jerram’s team have created to date, the sculpture was commissioned for Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam,
HIV Virus -
Of all human infectious diseases, smallpox is believed to have resulted in more human deaths throughout history than
from any other single pathogen. The causative agent of smallpox, Variola virus, was eradicated from natural existence in 1977, through a global
vaccination effort administered by the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, the only official stores of Variola are in freezers of two research
sites: one at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, and one at the VECTOR research facility in Russia. Should these samples be kept for
future scientific research? Or should they be destroyed as the samples are too dangerous to keep? Jerram’s sculpture was used on the front cover of
a book debating these issues.
We all know the devastation that HIV leaves in it's wake so there's no description to put here, but there is a letter to the
artist about his view of this piece.
T4 Bacteriophage -
Dear Luke, I just saw a photo of your glass sculpture of HIV. I can’t stop looking at it. Knowing that
millions of those guys are in me, and will be a part of me for the rest of my life. Your sculpture, even as a photo, has made HIV much more real for
me than any photo or illustration I’ve ever seen. It’s a very odd feeling seeing my enemy, and the eventual likely cause of my death, and finding
it so beautiful. Thank you.
Hand Foot & Mouth Disease -
This artwork has been created to be exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale in Glasstress 2011. It’s the most detailed
and intricate glasswork Jerram and his team have made to date.
The virus infects E. coli bacteria and has been used for over 60 years in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as an alternative to antibiotics.
More recently, the virus has been seen to have potential as a therapy against multi drug resistant strains of many bacteria. One potential treatment
currently under development is a phage designed to destroy MRSA.
Here we have Giardia -
Enterovirus 71 (EV71), one of the major causative agents for hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
This virus is a member of the enterovirus species A. This virus appears to have evolved only recently with the first known strain isolated in 1965. It
was associated with an outbreak of neurological disease in the United States in 1969.
Giardia is a parasite that can infect the intestines and cause ‘giardiasis’ which can lead to sudden-onset
(acute) or persistent (chronic) diarrhoea. Infection often occurs after drinking contaminated water containing the parasite, or eating food prepared
or washed using contaminated water. Those most at risk of giardial infection include travellers to areas where giardia is common (countries with poor
It looks like something out of Star Trek...
E. coli -
Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Salmonellosis is an
infection with the bacteria. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after
Escherichia coli, commonly abbreviated to E. coli, is a Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower
intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some, such as serotype O157:H7, can cause serious food poisoning in
humans, and are occasionally responsible for product recalls. The harmless strains are part of the normal flora of the gut, and can benefit their
hosts by producing vitamin K2 & by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine.
Swine Flu (H5N1) -
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans.
MRSA is any strain of Staphylococcus aureus that has developed, through the process of natural selection, resistance to beta-lactam
Avian Influenza, commonly known as Bird Flu, refers to “influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds”.
SARS Coronavirus -
Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that cause respiratory (breathing) illnesses, such as a common cold, conjunctivitis, croup
They are common and highly contagious. Most adenovirus infections are mild.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia, caused by a virus isolated in 2003. Infection
with the SARS virus results in acute respiratory distress & sometimes death. It is a dramatic example of how quickly world travel can spread a
disease. It is also an example of how quickly a networked health system can respond to an emerging threat.
These sculptures represent the Malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum Merozoite). The smooth model shows the parasite just after
it has entered a red blood cell. The spiky malaria shows the Plasmodium before.
Last but not least... and not a virus either is Spermatozoa -
I know that we could have all figured out what we were looking at, but I had to
follow protocol anyway.
A spermatozoon is a mobile sperm cell, or moving form of the haploid cell that is the male gamete. The term spermatozoon
comes from the Greek word σπέρμα (seed) and ζῷον (living being).
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It's certainly a different perspective when you look at something like this. Many are deadly but here they are beautiful.