Cool stuff #5 – art and science

Showcasing the blending of Science and Art.


Fabian Oefner’s experimental projects capture the action of natural phenomena and transform them into works of art.

Millerfiori- Fabian Oefner. This artwork is the size of a thumbnail and was created by placing water colour paints on top of ferrofluid, a magnetic colloidal liquid. Because the two liquids do not mix, the water colours form pools and channels.
Dancing colours- Fabian Oefner. This visualisation of sound waves was created by placing crystals on a membrane which covered a speaker.
Dancing colours- Fabian Oefner
Shootout- Fabian Oefner
Iridient- Fabian Oefner

Noah Scalin has created portraits of scientists using various items.

Physicist Richard Feynman made from flower petals- Noah Scalin
Noah Scalin- Natural Selection: Einstein
Noah Scalin -Natural Selection: Curie
Noah Scalin -Natural Selection: Darwin
Noah Scalin- Natural Selection: Turing

Luke Jerram’s Glass Microbiology project consists of large scale glass sculptures of viruses.

Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the artworks are created as alternative representations of viruses to the artificially coloured imagery received through the media. In fact, viruses have no colour as they are smaller than the wavelength of light…His transparent and colourless glassworks consider how the artificial colouring of scientific microbiological imagery, affects our understanding of these phenomena… 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? How does the choice of different colours affect their reception?

HIV- Luke Jerram (Glass Microbiology)
Avian Flu (H5N1)- Luke Jerram (Glass Microbiology)
T4 Bacteriophage- “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.”- Luke Jerram (Glass Microbiology)
E. coli- “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 (endotherms). 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 and by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine.”- Luke Jerram (Glass Microbiology)

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