There’s a zone where science and design meet, and this collaboration between visual artist John Nicholson and microbiologist Kathy Takayama is it. Basically, they experimented with using bioluminescent bacteria to emit light from oxidation, and the prototypes were exhibited at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2004. Amazing how ahead of the times they were. We […]
On my last trip to Costa Rica, I had the pleasure of night-swimming in an ocean full of green-blue aquatic fireflies. Tiny lights would quickly fade in and out as they darted through the shallow waves, some sticking to our backs in a gorgeous glittery coat. Turns out those fireflies were the bioluminescent plankton captured […]
Imagine a spot of night swimming at your local beach, only to have the shoreline and waves glow an ethereal blue at any sign of agitation. The images here are from Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, a place where a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton exist, much to the delight of photographers who snapped these pictures. These concentrations are a field of study all to itself – potentially harmful, always stunning.
Although these jellyfish died of natural causes before they were frozen in liquid nitrogen and made into paperweights, they still make me shudder a little. At least the manufactures promise they ‘will not crack or break when dropped’. Good to know.