You don’t usually hear the word “beautiful” when discussing bacteria. The beauty of bacteria usually goes unseen because people mostly ignore them. Microbial art is a collection of unique artworks created using culturing microorganisms like living bacteria, fungi, and protists in specific patterns. It is an example of the exciting interface between art and science.
Eshel Ben-Jacob was a scientist but also a talented artist. He could make gorgeous art with a surprising substance: live bacteria. His images are actual colonies of tens of billions of individual microorganisms.
We have curated his best microbial art images for you. We hope you enjoy them.