Microbiology Meets Glass Blowing

by • October 8, 2010 • Art, HealthComments (0)2069

Glass sculptor, Luke Jerram, was born in 1974 and graduated from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 1997 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art.  Luke is getting a great deal of attention lately by merging his masterful skills of glassblowing with his love of microbiology.  Here’s what Luke had to say about the exhibit:

Its great to be exploring the edges of scientific understanding and visualisation of a virus. Scientists aren’t able to answer many of the questions I ask them, such as how the RNA is exactly fitted within the Capsid?  At the moment, the technology isn’t there to answer all these questions for certain.  I’m also pushing the boundaries of glassblowing. Some of my designs simply can’t be created in glass, some are simply too fragile and gravity would cause them to collapse under their own weight.  So there’s a very careful balancing act that needs to take place, between the limitations of current scientific knowledge and glassblowing techniques.

Take a look at Yatzer’s profile of Luke at their website here.

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