Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world’s most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn’t really a color to viruses after all — they’re smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed under a microscope, there’s plenty of room left open when deciding how to illustrate them.

Since 2004, Jerram has been turning viruses into stunning glass sculptures that are just as eerie as they are beautiful as part of an ongoing series titled “Glass Microbiology.” He chooses some of the most feared and deadly viruses out there too, making chilling portraits of everything from HIV to malaria.

Of course, creating the sculptures…

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