- Ångström Art Collection
Ångström Art Collection
In the pursuit of knowledge, scientists often unearth images of rare beauty, elegantly explaining or encapsulating scientific concepts, ideas and discovery.
IMB and The John Trivett Foundation have assembled the finest of these images to form an impressive portfolio of work, Ångström Art, at the nexus of internationally competitive scientific research and engaging artistic appeal.
All images are created by scientists from the IMB who have a passion for visual art and raising awareness of science within the community. Each image is produced from contemporary scientific research.This vital research underpins the development of new treatments, therapeutics, and diagnostics for human diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and kidney disease to name but a few.
Below are the 2010 Ångström Art Centenary Competition winner and runners-up. To view the entire Centenary Collection, and previous Ångström Art collections, please see the Ångström Art website.
|Ångström Art Centenary Competition Winner|
Macbeads by Darren Brown
A merged image of two scanning electron microscope images of macrophages ingesting latex beads (dark orange) as part of the phagocytic process during the immune response.
|Ångström Art Centenary Competition Runners-up|
Insect Assassin by Dr Michael Landsberg
This image draws inspiration from the technique of single particle analysis and highlights how it is possible with current technology to reconstruct three-dimensional images of individual macromolecular protein complexes. The "walls" of the room illustrate various steps in the process of single particle analysis - the visualisation of individual protein complexes, computational image averaging and three-dimensional reconstruction - to obtain a final three-dimensional structure.
RealMacAlien by Darren Brown
A mirrored montage of three images taken by a scanning electron microscope. The orange and blue balls are latex beads. They are being devoured by macrophages, cells of the immune system that fight infection by engulfing foreign organisms. Macrophages have long surface extensions called pseudopodia (light blue), which literally means "false feet", and large amounts of surface membrane (orange and red) involved in phagocytosis, the engulfing process.