These images show how a bacteria looks under a microscope. But that doesn't mean Artist Rogan Brown used a microscope obtain them. That would be too easy. Instead, he spent four months cutting sheet after sheet of paper with a scalpel knife and ended up with this insanely intricate and astonishing sculpture.
At over 112 centimeters or 44 inches in length this hand cut sculpture of a bacterium is half a million times bigger than the real thing. Obviously when enlarging to this degree you have to use your imagination to complete the image but the main features here are accurate: the flagella or tentacle-like appendages allow the bacteria to swim through the intestinal tract and the pilli or hair-like structures allow it to attach itself to the intestine wall.
Rogan Brown is an Anglo-Irish artist who now resides in the wilds of southern France. His work plays with the architecture of nature and organic growth. By identifying patterns and motifs that occur in the natural world in different contexts and at different scales, both macroscopic and microscopic
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