Beautifully Accurate Glass Sculptures of Deadly Viruses


In 2004, artist Luke Jerram began a visually scientific sculpture series entitled Glass Microbiology. With help from both expert virologists and talented glassblowers, Jerram has created a collection of glass sculptures accurately depicting some of the most prevalent viruses out there, including HIV, malaria, and the swine flu (notoriously recognized in the 2009 flu pandemic).

What inspired this project was the constant, inaccurate depictions of viruses in textbooks and media outlets. Since the wavelength for color is larger than the microbes, they do not naturally have a pigment. However, in many renderings they appear as bright or multi-colored entities. The artist felt this presented not only a skewed idea of each infectious agent, but also hindered the learning process if each microbe is different, in terms of artistic representation.

As a result of his efforts, Jerram’s work has now made its way into countless medical texts and is being used in the media as well. They provide not only accurate renderings of their subjects, but also quite fetching formations. Their sculptural forms are stunning, which makes it all the more intriguing to view such elegantly crafted pieces while keeping in mind how dangerous their real-life counterparts are.

Adeno Virus


Human Papillomavirus


T4 Bacteriophage

Swine Flu

E. coli



Luke Jerram’s website
via [Empty Kingdom]

January 20, 2017

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.

Read Article

January 20, 2017

19 Most Creative Water Fountains From Around the World

Water fountains have a long place in our history. Dating back to the Ancient Roman times, these reservoirs were first designed with a purely practical purpose—for holding precious drinking water and bathing. These early fountains were uncovered, free standing, and placed along the street for public consumption. (Wealthier folks also had them in their homes.)

Read Article

Get Our Weekly Newsletter