Luke Jerram will be showcasing his Glass Microbiology sculptures at the Millennium Galleries. From deadly viruses like HIV, SARS, Covid19 and the lifesaving vaccine AstraZeneca these sculptures are 1 million times larger than actual viruses.
Bacteria are simplest forms of free-living life and they exist everywhere in the world, from the deepest oceans to driest deserts and even in the clouds. They play key roles in sustaining our biosphere breaking down decaying matter to release nutrients for plant growth and producing many drink and foodstuffs we love, including cheese and yoghurt. Bacteria are also our constant companions in life since most of the cells in our bodies are actually bacterial, rather than our own. However, bacteria can be harmful as well as useful, causing many infections that can threaten our health. Due to the over-prescription of antibiotics some bacteria have developed resistance- a fact that threatens our future lives. To combat this growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria, University of Sheffield scientist are leading the way in uncovering the mechanisms of drug resistance and developing new weapons against these harmful bugs.
The artworks aim to bring the hidden world of bacteria to life, illuminating and stoking debate around these issues and the importance of a unified approach to tackling them in the future.
10am-5pm daily, 1 - 30 November
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield City Centre
(Please note the gallery is closed on Mondays)