Deadly viruses come to life in breathtaking pieces of art

Invisible killers are brought to life by instillation artist Luke Jerram. He created it with the help of virologists from the University of Bristol, and glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones, and Norman Veitch. Seeing these microscopic diseases on such a grand scale is quite terrifying while absolutely mesmerizing.

Jerram's work tackles the common misconception of what viruses truly look like and how that affects us.

His website has the following statement about his 'Glass Microbiology' pieces: "His transparent and colorless glassworks consider how the artificial coloring of scientific microbiological imagery, affects our understanding of these phenomena. See these examples of HIV imagery. If some images are colored for scientific purposes, and others altered simply for aesthetic reasons, how can a viewer tell the difference? How many people believe viruses are brightly colored? Are there any color conventions and what kind of 'presence' do pseudocolored images have that 'naturally' colored specimens don't? How does the choice of different colors affect their reception?"

See the intricate pieces below:

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: A jewel-like sculpture of the EV71 Hand, Foot and Mouth virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life is seen at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Artist Luke Jerram looks at a jewel-like sculpture of the Malaria virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition which aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: A jewel-like sculpture of a future virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life is seen at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: A detail of a jewel-like sculpture of the SARS Coronavirus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life is seen at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Detail of jewel-like sculptures which form part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life is seen at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: A jewel-like sculpture of the Zika virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life is seen at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: A jewel-like sculpture of the HIV virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life at At-Bristol science centre is seen on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Tamsin Huggins, 22, looks at a jewel-like sculpture of the HIV virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Tamsin Huggins, 22, looks at a jewel-like sculpture of the Zika virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Artist Luke Jerram looks at a jewel-like sculpture of the Zika virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: A visitor looks at a jewel-like sculpture of the Malaria virus which forms part of the Glass Microbiology exhibition that aims to brings the invisible world of viruses to life at At-Bristol science centre on February 3, 2017 in Bristol, England. Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram's sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using a combination of different scientific photographs and models. They were made in collaboration with glassblowers Brian Jones and Norman Veitch. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Each virus is intricate yet delicate, while the translucent glass is a reminder that even as a work of art these illnesses are not something easily seen and will always be lurking just out of sight.

Not only are his pieces featured in museum collections across the globe, including the Met in NYC and The Museum of Glass in Shanghai; photos of his pieces are now featured in medical journals and textbooks as well as thought to be a very useful representation of virology.

See more of his work here.

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