Come face to face with the beauty of some of the deadliest viruses known to man. Glass Microbiology features exquisite blown glass artworks, which capture the unusual beauty of the world’s greatest killers including HIV, smallpox and influenza.

Blown up to roughly one-million times their original size, these delicate, clear glass sculptures were created by UK artist Luke Jerram as an alternative representation to the artificially-coloured imagery by which viruses are normally represented. In reality, viruses have no colour and are smaller than the wavelength of light. By extracting the colour and creating jewel-like sculptures in glass, a complex tension develops between the artworks’ beauty and what they actually represent.

During the exhibition, Luke’s huge E-coli sculpture will be displayed inside the Mediterranean Biome. 

We will also be showing Benjamin Grant’s Daily Overview aerial photographs alongside Luke’s exhibition and a film called Overview by Planetary Collective. 

Other art exhibitions and residencies

We'll be hosting a range of temporary exhibitions and art installations – throughout the year there'll be live events, stories, workshops and sci-art residencies bringing different parts of our Invisible World into focus. Find out more about our Invisible Worlds exhibition.