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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Luke Jerram post on Boss not Boss

Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

Artist Luke Jerram has made diseases (and 5ft sperm) out of glass and they’re amazing! I really don’t care for glass art at all in any way. I can see all the work and talent that goes into working with glass and can imagine how difficult it must be, but it just doesn’t grab me by the balls the same way a beautiful typeface might. These diseases, though, have grabed my balls w TWO hands; they’re wondrous!

These diseases are actually smaller than light waves, so presenting them as clear, colorless beasts is actually more accurate. Typically renderings will show these organisms as colored, either by scientists who color them to help with their studies, or colored by media who potentially just color them however they feel like. Which raises the question “how do the way these diseases are colored affect our perception of them?” By displaying diseases in a glass form, “a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.”

Because they’re more accurate, photos of Luke’s diseases have been used in medical journals textbooks, and we all know making it into books is pretty BOSS.

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