Four Months Hand-Cutting A Paper Microbe
November 5, 2015 5:35 AM   Subscribe

“Cut Microbe” is a sculpture entirely hand cut out of paper. Measuring 44 inches/112cms in length, it is half a million times bigger than the ecoli bacteria upon which it is based. I wanted to create a sculpture that reflected in the process of being made the incredible scale and complexity of this microbiological world. I am amazed at the strange beauty of the natural world and wanted to open people’s eyes to aspects of it that they rarely see. -Rogan Brown
posted by jammy (19 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow. That's beautiful.
posted by Artw at 5:47 AM on November 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Golly! How rad; thank you for posting this!
posted by Greg Nog at 5:56 AM on November 5, 2015


extraordinary...
posted by judson at 6:16 AM on November 5, 2015


dawg.
posted by Theta States at 6:21 AM on November 5, 2015


That's amazing and I also want to see pictures of the scissors they used.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:52 AM on November 5, 2015


That is stunning. I'd love to see film of some of the process.
posted by merocet at 6:56 AM on November 5, 2015


That's just lovely.
posted by Akhu at 7:00 AM on November 5, 2015


I'd love to see film of some of the process.

There's this.
posted by slkinsey at 7:05 AM on November 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


Given the incredible abundance of bacteria everywhere on Earth, the chances are there an ecoli bacterium somewhere on this sculpture - probably just hangin' out, rollin' up another joint with some friends. And sometime soon, he'll turn to a buddy and say, "Hey, do you every think, like, maybe we're just living on an even bigger bacterium, that's like - I dunno ... [considers the freshly rolled joint in his flagellum] ... but it's, like, made out of paper? Oh man I just blew my mind!"

My point here is: what are the chances that I am actually living on a giant sculpture of an IDIOT that is made out of BOOZE??? I woulda asked "MeAsk" this question but the mods are all: "go home kid, you're quidrunk". Fucken MODS, amirite? I'm FINE to drive a computer whadda complainin' about anyway.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 7:07 AM on November 5, 2015 [19 favorites]


That is absolutely incredible. And kinda gross. I want one.
posted by lucidium at 7:08 AM on November 5, 2015


Yeah, I don't know about 'beautiful' but it looks convincingly like something that would make you ill. 'Mephitic'?
posted by Segundus at 7:38 AM on November 5, 2015


Nope.
posted by nzero at 7:46 AM on November 5, 2015


Four Months Hand-Cutting A Paper Microbe

I suspect that if I attempted such a project, hand-cutting is exactly what would ensue.

Much more here, the artist's own site.

Some of them exhibit a bit of a Georgia O'Keefe moteefe.

Here's the artist posing with Ron Wood of the Undead Stones.
 
posted by Herodios at 7:46 AM on November 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


I can't remember the last time I posted a comment on the Blue, but wow. This is amazing, and I am in love. I could stare at this for hours.
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 9:24 AM on November 5, 2015


The "Magic Circle" piece on his site looks like a big pile of elderflowers. It's a remarkably fluffy texture to achieve from planes of paper.
posted by lucidium at 9:30 AM on November 5, 2015


I've found a new hobby!
posted by erratic meatsack at 9:31 AM on November 5, 2015


As it turns out, I started reading this just as I finished a burrito from Chipotle.

Circle of life!
posted by the sobsister at 10:34 AM on November 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


I also want to see pictures of the scissors they used.

I'd love to see film of some of the process.


Not scissors - here's a short video with the artist.
posted by progosk at 1:16 PM on November 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is breathtaking!
My SO is doing her PhD on e.coli - I can't wait to show this to her!
posted by PlantGoddess at 5:28 AM on November 6, 2015


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