Per the AFP Newswire, London’s Wellcome Collection has just acquired a new sculpture by Luke Jerram, which depicts the H1N1 virus (or “swine flu”) in microbiological detail rendered in hand-blown glass—Jerram has done similar work with smallpox, HIV, E. coli and SARS. The piece will travel to Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum to be included in an exhibition entitled “Medicine and Art” before returning to London.
No word yet on whether or not the piece will come to the States, but as you’ll remember from how quickly the virus moves, it seems likely. And it wouldn’t be the first time an exquisite object representing a potent symbol of irrational terror made waves. Remember this thing? (CultureMonster)