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Art Science

‘Glass Microbiology’ Magnifies Viruses, Bacteria, and Other Organisms to 1 Million Times Their Actual Size

January 23, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of a glass vaccine sculpture

“AstraZeneca vaccine.” All images © Luke Jerram, shared with permission

Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram (previously) continues to add delicate specimens to his Glass Microbiology collection. The ongoing project is a collaboration with scientists at the University of Bristol, who aid Jerram in scaling three-dimensional renderings of avian flu, papillomavirus, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and other tiny organisms into sculptures approximately one million times their actual size. Transparent and impeccably detailed, the models are designed to showcase the structures of each microbe without distorting the viewer’s perception with non-existent colors, which are often used to distinguish various parts in illustrated renderings.

Jerram documents the process behind his swine flu sculpture in the video below, which begins with two artists hand-blowing the larger structure. The team then shapes hundreds of individual proteins that will later be fused to the virus’s exterior. Find more of the scientifically minded project on the Glass Microbiology site, and follow Jerram’s latest works on Instagram.

 

A photo of a glass virus sculpture

“Papillomavirus”

A photo of three glass virus sculptures

A photo of a glass virus sculpture

“Avian Flu 2012”

A photo of a glass virus sculpture

“EV1 (Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease)”

A detail photo of a glass vaccine sculpture

Detail of “AstraZeneca vaccine”

A photo of a glass parasite sculpture

“Giardia”

A photo of a glass ameoba sculpture

“Ameoba”

 

 

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Art Craft

Delicate Stained Glass Butterflies and Moths Flit and Flutter with Illuminated Colors

January 20, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of a stained glass butterfly

All images © Melanie, shared with permission

From her home studio in the Netherlands, artist Melanie solders vivid stained glass renditions of monarchs, peacock butterflies, and Spanish moon moths. She first scours etymological sources for information on colors, vein placements, and antennae, then sketches a pattern for tracing and cutting the fragile material and pieces together the delicate specimens. Like their real-life counterparts, the creatures are delicate and lively, although these cast vibrant reflected light around the spaces they inhabit. Follow the artist’s growing swarm of bees and butterflies on Instagram.

 

Four photos of stained glass butterflies

A photo of a stained glass butterfly

A photo of a stained glass beetle

A photo of a stained glass bee on a table

A photo of a stained glass butterfly on a table

A photo of two stained glass butterflies in a window

 

 



Design

The Elegant ‘Library House’ Encases a Vast Book Collection Within a Swedish Forest

January 4, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of a person walking in a glass house

All images courtesy of Fria Folket

Nestled in lush woodlands near Stockholm, the “Library House” is a sophisticated dwelling that’s both creatively inspiring and meditative. Glass walls enclose the four-building structure, which was designed by the architecture studio Fria Folket, and shelves of books delineate many of the rooms and hallways. The cozy and airy dwelling features a wood stove in an open kitchen, a connected greenhouse, warm rust-colored tile running throughout the home, and a central courtyard for gathering.

Explore more of Fria Folket’s elegant designs on Instagram. (via Plain Magazine)

 

A photo of a glass house with books and a courtyard

Two photos of the interior of a glass house with books and a baby grand piano

A photo of the interior of a home hallway

A photo of a glass house with a woodstove in the kitchen

Two photos of a glass house facing inside and out

A photo of the interior of a glass house with a stove and bookshelves

A photo of glass house in the woods

 

 



Design

A Kinetic Glass Greenhouse Blossoms into a Massive Open-Air Terrarium

November 29, 2022

Grace Ebert

An aerial image of an open glass greenhouse

All images by Hufton + Crow, courtesy of Heatherwick Studio, shared with permission

A kinetic design by Heatherwick Studio transforms a sleek glass enclosure on the Woolbeding Gardens property into an elegant flower in full bloom. Situated at the edge of the West Sussex estate, “Glasshouse” protects a melange of sub-tropical flora from southwest China, particularly those found along the Silk Road. A hydraulic mechanism opens the 10 panels of the aluminum-and-steel structure during warmer temperatures, allowing for ventilation within the 141-square-meter terrarium and transforming the architectural form into a blossoming botanical.

Heatherwick Studio is responsible for an eclectic array of designs, including a silo-turned-art-gallery and a honeycomb vessel for pedestrians, and you can follow the latest on Instagram.

 

A photo of a glass greenhouse

An aerial photo of a glass greenhouse

A photo inside a glass greenhouse

A photo looking toward the sky through a glass greenhouse

A photo of an open glass greenhouse

An aerial photo of a glass greenhouse

 

 



Art Craft

Balloon-Like Sculptures Reimagine Blown Glass in Matthew Szösz’s ‘Inflatables’ Series

November 17, 2022

Kate Mothes

A glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 33.” All images © Matthew Szösz, shared with permission

The art of blown glass takes on new meaning in Matthew Szösz’s Inflatables series. About 15 years ago, the artist was interested in challenging assumptions about how the material could be worked and what form it could take. “In the craft and design field, the way that we make things has a profound effect on what we make,” he tells Colossal. “Blown glass and thrown pots are round; houses and furniture are rectangular. I spend a good portion of my time experimenting with process to try and use a new way of making to create new families of objects and forms.” The resulting sculptures capture a playful tension between fragility and strength, ephemerality and durability.

Using glass panes or sheets from salvaged windows, Szösz carefully plans the shape of the final form and cuts numerous pieces that are measured to slightly overlap so that when fused together, they create tight seams. Ceramic fiber paper separates the layers to prevent the material from sticking to both the kiln and itself. At 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, the piece is swiftly removed from the kiln and inflated, balloon-like with compressed air. The glass is malleable for only about a minute at most before it cools to a hard object. “There is very little shaping that can be done during the inflation, so the process relies entirely on the preparation of the material,” Szösz explains. “Once you pull it out to inflate it, what you get is what you get.”

Szösz’s work with sheet glass take numerous forms, and his sculptures are currently on view in two exhibitions at BWA Wrócław Galleries of Contemporary Art, including a solo show titled Gold Standard, and the group exhibition Autonomous Zones, a collaboration with Pilchuck Glass School. You can follow more of the artist’s work on Instagram and his website.

 

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 95r”

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no_100bir”

A glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 71a”

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 93irk”

Blown glass sculptures by Matthew Szösz that resembles unusual balloons.

Left: “untitled(inflatable)no. 87.” Right: “untitled(inflatable)no. 75g”

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 90ir”

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 85b”

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“untitled(inflatable)no. 91irb”

A blown glass sculpture by Matthew Szösz that resembles an unusual balloon.

“”untitled(inflatable)no. 89g”

 

 



Craft Design

Adorable Glass Ghosts by Masanaga Noike Cradle Chopsticks on Their Bellies

October 24, 2022

Kate Mothes

All images © Masanaga Noike

Masanaga Noike, who’s behind the Nagano City-based studio naga-no-glass, has summoned some super cute spirits to the table just in time for the most haunted day of the year. Designed to cradle chopsticks on their pudgy bellies, every ghostly dinner guest is hand-formed and given whimsical expressions, so no two are alike. Noike makes them by coating a white powdered glass over the top of transparent glass, then pulling the hands and tail and denting the stomach where the utensils can be placed.

Explore more of Noike’s work on Instagram. (via Spoon & Tamago)