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Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:00

Scientists from one of the world’s most prestigious universities have unveiled their spectacular new photo exhibition at the Eden Project.

The exhibition by Harvard Medical School (HMS) scientists Roberto Kolter and Scott Chimileski, called World in a Drop, reveals the beauty of microscopic life through a series of striking and provocative pictures of bacteria, archaea and fungi.

The minuscule ecosystem within a single drop of water is home to an astonishing diversity of organisms busily living out their lives and interconnected by myriad complex relationships.

World in a Drop is an aesthetic journey into this microbial world, as revealed through cutting-edge imaging technologies.

The exhibition is visiting Eden as part of the project’s Invisible Worlds programme, the major new permanent exhibition that reveals the world beyond our senses.

Roberto said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have our exhibition at the Eden Project. To me, it’s a great honour and privilege that the Eden Project has decided to do this here.”

Scott said: “We have toured around the Biomes at Eden and there are so many links between the images in our exhibition and what’s going on elsewhere here.”

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “We got in touch with Roberto and Scott after seeing their brilliant book, ‘Life at the Edge of Sight’. They helped with a new permanent exhibit for the Invisible Worlds programme and we are thrilled and honoured to now host World in a Drop. We hope this is a start of a long relationship.”

Invisible Worlds launched in May and includes what is thought to be the world’s biggest ceramic sculpture, known as Infinity Blue.

Invisible Worlds has seen Eden’s Core education building transformed with an all-new collection of exciting interactive exhibits, exploring the vast and small invisible world and the evolution of the world’s life support system, driven in the main by microbes.

Roberto Kolter is an HMS professor of microbiology and immunobiology and co-director of Harvard’s Microbial Sciences Initiative. He is also head of the HMS Kolter Lab.

Scott Chimileski is an HMS research fellow, communications director for the Microbial Sciences Initiative and a microbiology photographer.

HMS is the graduate medical school of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1782 and is the third oldest medical school in the United States.

World in a Drop is at the Eden Project until January 13, 2019 and entry to the exhibition is included in the standard Eden admission price. For more information, see www.edenproject.com.