Monday, 29 January 2018

Sculpture with mitochondria

The sculpture of mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum I was working on in my last post is now finished and framed.

Here are some of the mitochondria in close up, with their internal structure visible the way they frequently are in samples prepared using a cryofracture or freeze fracture:

The colour scheme is entirely based around a jar of Egyptian Violet that I couldn't resist buying, but it reminds me of a Terry Pratchett quote about anatomy: 

"I thought I’d show everyone what I’m made of. And now they’ll probably find out: I’m made of lots of tubes and greeny purple wobbly bits."

I have two more of these frames, and eventually I want to complete a series of these sculptures looking at different aspects of cellular biology.  My colleague points out that the mitochondria would look great with EL wire inside them, so that's something to keep in mind for the future.