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    Glass Microbiology

    This is quite interesting: glass artist Luke Jerram. This is a far cry from Dale Chihuly...nothing against Chihuly, I like the work of him and his minions plenty...however, in light of having seen a great amount of Chihuly work, it's refreshing to see a very different style of glass sculpture such as this. And the discussion about color in scientific art at this link was thought-provoking, too.
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    Foxy, that guy is a genius as well as ingenious. The YouTube links there are fascinating. Good find.
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    Wow, these are gorgeous! I agree with Byron, it's great they put these on YouTube... what a generation... all the technology to do this!

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    Well, when it comes to bodies, I still prefer human nudes.
    But, I think this should be in After 9. Them microbes be wearin' see thru garments.

    It's fascinating work. There are so many naturally occurring designs that this is much like some organisms around coral reefs, only a little more self contained.

    And of course here the patina is drawn entirely from their surroundings, as if shaping the rooms themselves into interesting groupings that somehow conform to the shapes of the glass. Awesome. So in essence they become their own fractal variant of the larger space.

    That your organic fractal path led you to this, well, I think that in itself is a great example of how the artist's path can open all kinds of new associative treasures.

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    Foxy, great. Thanks for sharing this link.

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    Glad you all have enjoyed this link.....I know that I am always in awe of people who can make art dimensional (i.e. as sculpture)...it's always struck me as amazing. Probably because I don't have the knack.

    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, before we had children, my husband and I had a neat little set-up for making glass beads. No blowing of glass...just wrapping molten glass around wire. Lampwork. Anyway, it was very enjoyable and watching the glass change from solid to liquid to solid was facinating. It will be years and years before we mention to the kids that we have the supplies still to do this.
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    And D'akey, several things struck me about these:
    1. We had that wonderful scientific illustration submitted in the gallery this week.
    2. I've been cleaning up all these illustrations of sea life and very small organisms by Haeckel, so I've been spending quite a chunk of time studying forms such as this artist is inspired by lately.
    3. And then there is, as you pointed out, my interest in fractals and nature.
    4. My windows in my house are absolutely filthy. The two worst will remain filthy due to a nest of ground bees and a large poison ivy plant.
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    Apparently there are many reasons for me to have looked at this link with large, clear, organic-themed works of glass.
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    Very cool glass sculptures. I still am more of a Chihuly fan, but like the work of Luke Jerram as well.

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