Some examples of bio-luminescent bacteria. The glow they emit is so wonderful, and delicate. The fact that these are living organisms amazes me. This particular light source is similar to the blue/green glow that was present in several of the installations at the Light Show exhibition. I will have to speak to the microbiologists at Cavendish Campus to see whether this bacteria is available and safe to use 


Hunter Cole

Artist and geneticist who uses bi-luminescent bacteria as a medium for her work.

“Hunter Cole creates controlled line drawings using bioluminescent bacteria. The bacteria then grow in the host environment. Bacteria become collaborators in the art as it grows and dies.”

In terms of ideas, her desire to create a drawing with bacteria that lives and dies is similar to our objective to create some form of natural light installation. It’s encouraging to see the results of her work because we can get an idea of scale required to produce a substantial glow.

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Amazing TED talk regarding bioluminescence in nature.

(Apologies for the poor quality)