Above, video of a glass sculpture of the AIDS virus being created by glass blower Kim George, designed by artist Luke Jerram. London's Smithfield Gallery is hosting an exhibit of Jerram's glass renderings of deadly microbials from Sep 22-Oct 3. The show is called "Viral Sculptures." Snip:
The question of pseudo-colouring in biomedicine and its use for science communicative purposes, is a vast and complex subject. If some images are coloured for scientific purposes, and others altered simply for aesthetic reasons, how can a viewer tell the difference? How many people believe viruses are brightly coloured? Are there any colour conventions and what kind of 'presence' do pseudocoloured images have that 'naturally' coloured specimens don't? See these examples of HIV imagery. How does the choice of different colours affect their reception?Below: a most elegant representation of Swine Flu, from this series.
The sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol using a combination of different scientific photographs and models.
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