Just saw some of Rogan Brown's amazing paper sculptures of microbes. He designs, then cuts by hand or laser thousands of paper microorganisms, including tree moss, cell structures, bacteria, coral, and diatoms. Absolutely gorgeous! From :
Paper Life – The artist Rogan Brown cuts thousands of microorganisms in paper
The following article was from April 2015, and it described the work of various artists contributing to a permanent exhibit of the human microbiome. Go to the article and check out the various fascinating artworks. From Wired (UK edition): Eden Project's 'Human Biome' is a gross, musical microbe showcase
The great domed biomes of the Eden Project are to play host to a new permanent exhibition that will focus on one of nature's most important and complex ecosystems: the human body. Invisible You: The Human Biome will explore the community of microbes that live in and on each and every one of us. Artistic and interactive displays will show bacteria, fungi and viruses, with 11 artists commissioned to create works for the exhibition.
"These trillions of microbes outnumber our cells ten to one and, in the main, work together to keep us healthy -- whether it’s the bacteria in the gut helping to digest our food or the microbes on our skin working to keep it soft. This fascinating new exhibition is one of the most compelling and important we have ever staged," said Jo Elsworthy, the Eden Project's interpretation director. Among the artists commissioned to create work for the exhibition is Rogan Brown, who creates beautifully intricate, hand-cut paper artworks, including microbes.
Nice update from a large crowd sourced study I posted about September 1, 2015. Main finding: all our homes are teaming with microorganisms, which vary according to sex of occupants, pets, geographical location and humidity. In total, the indoor dust contained more than sixty-three thousand species of fungi and a hundred and sixteen thousand species of bacteria. The scientists have posted it all online and members of the public can download the complete data set and hunt for new correlations and patterns. Just remember that all these microbes in our lives is completely normal, and many species are important partners in maintaining our health. Excerpts from Emily Anthes's article in the New Yorker:
Our Dust, Ourselves
Dust talks. That clump of gray fuzz hiding under the couch may look dull, but it contains multitudes: tiny errant crumbs of toast, microscopic fibres from a winter coat, fragments of dead leaves, dog dander, sidewalk grit, sloughed-off skin cells, grime-loving bacteria. “Each bit of dust is a microhistory of your life,” Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University, told me recently. For the past four years, Dunn and two of his colleagues—Noah Fierer, a microbial ecologist at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Holly Menninger, the director of public science at N.C. State—have been deciphering these histories, investigating the microorganisms in our dust and how their lives are intertwined with our own. ...continue reading "House Dust Contains a Microhistory of Our Life"