Know Your Enemy: the Virus sculptures of Luke Jerram

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Ecoli, the HIV virus, and Small pox all get the glass blown heirloom treatment from Luke Jerram. Jerram creates an unbiased and dare we say beautiful look at these microbiotic killers by stripping the usual color off and representing them in a literally clear way. Says Jerram: “These transparent glass sculptures were created to contemplate the global impact of each disease and to consider how the artificial colouring of scientific imagery affects our understanding of phenomena.” and this testimonial from an HIV victim supports his argument: “Knowing that millions of those guys are in me, and will be a part of me for the rest of my life. Your sculpture, even as a photo, has made HIV much more real for me than any photo or illustration I’ve ever seen. It’s a very odd feeling seeing my enemy…”

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