Luke Jerram's Viral Sculptures exhibit, at The Smithfield Gallery in London, displays glass sculpture and photographic works of some of the world's most deadly viruses and bacteria.
Created over the past five years, the work contemplates the global impact and history of disease. The Wellcome Trust have added the Swine Flu sculpture to their permanent collection and it will soon be on loan to the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
In consultation with leading virologists, Jerram has explored scientific understanding and visualisation of the viruses. The artworks have been created through groundbreaking glassblowing techniques.
The jewel-like glass forms are intended to challenge the public perception of the viruses when compared with media depictions of them.
The exhibition runs from 22 September to 9 October.
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