Don't Be Grossed Out, the Bacteria on These Petri Dish Plates Is Art

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Looking for a great prank to pull on a germaphobe? Invite them over for dinner, but serve it on these colourful plates that look like modern art, but are actually microscopic images of bacteria grown in a petri dish. Bonus germaphobe prank: just don’t wash your hands during meal prep.

Created by Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz, these six unique plates don’t come with a microscopic price tag, though. Made in France, the porcelain plates sell for $550/£352 and are limited to just 2,500 sets.

Muniz is best known for his photographic experiments recreating famous imagery and pop culture moments using everyday objects like powdered sugar or chocolate syrup. So while not a household name here, his work has been exhibited all over the world, which probably helps explain why this dinnerware is so pricey.

[MoMA Store]