Click to enlarge
It’s hard to wrap your head around the idea of creating beautiful objects from deadly infectious diseases, but that’s just what UK-based artist Luke Jerram does. His series of Glass Microbiology sculptures are glass-blown renderings of diseases that include HIV, Malaria, and E-Coli, to name only a few. Imagine what a conversation starter one of these would make as a paperweight on your desk, though at $10,000 you might prefer to keep it a little less exposed.
Jerram’s glass pieces have recently been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum for their permanent collection as well as being currently on view at the National Centre for Craft and Design in the U.K. through April 13, 2013.