The American Society for Microbiology has challenged its members to create these unique petri dish art pieces that use actual living organisms as an artistic tool.
The first 'Agar Art' contest held by the ASM featured cell colonies of micro bacteria used to create highly detailed patterns, colors and portraits. Although the material found in many of these petri dish art pieces could make the typical person a bit squeamish, for many members of the ASM it's just business as usual.
Some standout pieces submitted include a homage to Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' made from infection-causing bacteria, a portrait of French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur made from dark violet bacterium and a glowing recreation of the streets of Manhattan made from genetically engineered bacteria modified with a special fluorescent protein.
Petri Dish Art
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Chemistry Inspired Pop Art
Drawing with Bacteria
Petri Dish-Like Photography