Petri dish art

Zachary Copfer has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund his bacteriography, a fusion of microbiology and art. I’m not quite sure of his technique but I’m guessing he rasterizes black-and-white photographs and then uses a special printer to lay down bacteria for the shadows and antibiotics for the lights. I wonder, though, about the medium and diffusion rates, which could require extra adjustment of the image sent to the printer. He’s even used GFP E. coli for glow-in-the-dark images of things like the Milky Way and a “velocirabbit,” a velociraptor-rabbit hybrid, but I’ve gotta say, the Charles Darwin image is my favorite.

Bacteriograph of Charles Darwin.


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