Incredible scientist recreates 'Starry Night' painting with bacteria in petri dish

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When thinking of art, people don't usually imagine it in a petri dish -- well, maybe just a few people.

One microbiologist just flipped the art world on its head and when she recreated Vincent van Gogh's famous painting 'Starry Night' in a petri dish using bacteria -- and the results are stunning.

Melanie Sullivan submitted her incredible display to the American Society for Microbiology in their first Agar Art contest. The competition asked members to extend their creativity outside of infectious bacteria.



The submissions are nothing short of breathtaking. Among Starry Night, other skilled scientists submitted incredible works of bacteria(rt), which include a skull, a Doctor Who TARDIS, a flamingo and even a map of New York City!

First place went to "Neurons," by molecular biologist Mehmet Berkman and mixed media artist Maria Penil, a bright yellow and orange biological masterpiece.

Who knew bacteria could be so beautiful?​ See more of the amazing submissions below:

NeuronsNeurons and biological shapes is a common theme in the works of the artist [censored]. Here she painted with...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


NYC Biome MAPMicroorganisms reside everywhere, yet they are too small to be seen with the human eye. New York City...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tis The PseudoTis the Pseudo was inspired by the upcoming holiday season! Six strains of color producing Pseudomonas...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Harvest SeasonSaccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of yeast. It is the active agent responsible for our most basic...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Microorganism TREEThis tree is made up of Streptococus pneumoniae (as the leaves)and Candida albicans (as the...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hunger GamesActinomycetes are beautiful filamentous microorganisms that are also a major source of medical natural...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wibbly-Wobbly-Timey-Wimey A Time Lord needs his TARDIS to embark on fantastic discoveries. These LB agar plates contain...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Micro MinionMicrobiology is as much a part of the universe as the Mandala represents. In a patient's culture we focus...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Check out the results of when students in Britain made bioart out of bacterial growth on cell phones:
Phone Bacteria 'Art' Can't Be Unseen


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