Believe it or not, this beautiful work of art was made using some pretty unconventional methods. Where some artists might use paint or pencils, the American Society for Microbiology challenged scientists to create stunning works of art using cultured bacteria. This particular piece is by scientists (or should we say artists) from the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar.
The scientists used agar jelly as their canvas, and various bacteria, protists and fungi as their paints. This piece, called "Harvest Season," is by Marai Eugenia Inda. It looks like the perfect little place to settle in and call home...as long as you don't mind sharing your home with some bacteria.
This interpretation of Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" is made from a number of bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Although they can be scary outside the lab, pieces of art like this one show another side of these bacteria ”” a side that some might even consider beautiful.
There's virtually no limit to what these artistic scientists can create using their knowledge and a special selection of bacteria. This piece, called "Yeast Go Viral" by Paul Rowley, features fascinating geometric shapes that were created using competing strains of yeast.
You can check out more of these incredible works of art on the American Society for Microbiology's Facebook page. We can't wait to see what these artists dream up next!