Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Changing Waters Art Exhibition

// February 16th, 2011 // Comments Off on Changing Waters Art Exhibition // Science Art

These amazing sculptures are the creation of Nathalie Miebach, a visual exploration of scientific data collected at the Gulf of Maine.

Here’s a quote from her website: “Changing Waters” looks at the meteorological and oceanic interactions within the Gulf of Maine. Using data from NOAA and GOMOSS buoys within the Gulf of Maine, as well as weather stations along the coast, I am translating data that explores the seasonal variations of marine life by looking at the interactions of atmospheric and marine data…

…Elements of the rich New England fishing history are also included. This large-scale installation consists of a large wall installation (33 feet wide) that plots information through the geographic anchors of a map of the Gulf of Maine, as well as a series of large, hanging structures (10 feet high) that look at more specific biological, chemical or geophysical relationships between marine ecosystems and weather patterns.

The Changing Waters Exhibition is open from January 15th till September 25th 2011 at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, USA.

Hat tip from SaCrit

Microbes, photographic film and a self portrait

// November 4th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Science Art

Image by Erno-Eric Raitanen

This art is made of film degraded by bacteria.

It’s a self-portrait of the artist Erno-Eric Raitanen. The bacteria was harvested from his own body and cultivated on the gelatin surface of photographic film.

It’s a similar process to growing bacteria on a plate of agar. As the bacteria gnaw away at the gelatin, the film starts to degrade and creates some interesting patterns. He calls them bacteriograms.

I recommend you flick through his online gallery. I like to think I could make some myself one day, except with added science. Maybe add some antibacterials to part of the film and influence the pattern. OR add a mild antibacterial to the whole surface and make a picture of antibiotic-resistant bacteria!

I know I’ve got some scientist readers out there who are into bacteria. What would you make a bacteriogram of? What about virologists, how could you get some viral action happening on film?

New blog features animated MRI’s of fruit

// July 24th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Science Art

I have stumbled across Inside Insides, a blog of fruit and vegetables as seen through an MRI machine. Each fruit or vege has an animation, so you can see inside it from one end to another. Pictured is a screen shot of the latest entry – celery.

Me favourites be the broccoli which looks like fireworks and the artichoke which looks like a kaleidoscope.

Is this another example of art and science? The line is so blurry now we pirates get confused.

Art in a plate of agar – designs made with bacteria

// December 27th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Science Art

Bacteria and fungi are not generally thought of as attractive pieces of art, indeed I know the times I have lapsed in used-by-date judgment I have beheld them with disgust. Disgust, followed by destruction – straight to the bin or a boiling hot death.

Still, they have a certain something… especially when dressed up like this.

These two piratey concoctions were created by the Gregory Lab at the University of Guelph. They were made with e-coli plated onto green agar. I’m not 100% on the process, but if it was me I would print out a design and place a plate of green agar over it – then with an inoculator (sterilised wire loop on a stick) trace the outline onto with e-coli culture, then let it grow for a while. It might not smell great (blegh, e-coli always smells like ass), but at least it LOOKS cool.

Niall Hamilton counters with a range of plates made using fungi and bacteria. I particularly like the way the texture of the grass vs the mushroom head, either the different varieties grow at a different rate or he plated the grass a few hours after the mushroom. Using fungi gives you a range of colours to choose from (I think the pink is Aureobasidium pullulans), for e-coli to grow in different colours you need to genetically engineer them.

Speaking of genetically engineering bacteria, here is Salmonella typhimurium made to express fluorescent and carotenoid pigments. This was created by iGEM Team Osaka, who work on a range of projects, including art of an almost-alcoholic bacterial cocktail. Yum!

These images were found at Microbial Art, and they have plenty more on show. As the role of microbiology becomes larger in society, I think we’ll be seeing more and more microbial artwork. I hope we do, anyway.

Nanoart – scientific art on the smallest scale

// December 14th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Science Art

Playboy Bunny

These raunchy bunnies make up in style what they lack in size – each one is about a quarter of a millimeter in size, and the bow is the width of a human hair. Made by nanobliss which specialises in carbon nanotubes and silicon, and holds various exhibitions (they also have a nanobama). Find out how it’s done here.


A nanorose made of crystalline wurtzite indium nitride, synthesized via molecular beam epitaxy using pure indium and a high efficient nitrogen source, hydrazoic acid by these guys. And if you know what this means, tell me!


It’s a creepy looking Santa, just in time for Christmas! This guy is definitely small enough to fit down your chimney, or through your keyhole if you don’t have a chimney. Welded over your keyhole? He can fit through cracks in the walls or vents in the ceiling, there’s no escaping nanosanta. He’s been coloured artificially for added creep-out effect.

These images are from the MRS website which runs competitions twice a year. There are plenty more on their website, but these were my favs.

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