Sights and stories of my time in the Weird City.
Science + Art = Awesome!
Today the Department of Microscopic Marvels explores the exquisitely beautiful art of arranging Diatoms, tiny unicellular algae encased in jewel-like glass shells, into complex kaleidoscopic displays, some of which date back to the Victorian era. They’re works of art that are invisible to the naked eye and must be viewed under a microscope.
Ranging in size from 2 to 200 micrometers, diatoms are among the smallest organisms on the planet. They’re a form of phytoplankton and scientists estimate that there are roughly 100,000 existent species. To create the lovely and astonishingly tiny displays pictured above, diatoms must be found, captured, cleaned, organized and then finally positioned into aesthetically pleasing arrangements.
So how is all of this accomplished? English filmmaker Matthew Killip contacted Diatom specialist and master micromanipulator Klaus Kemp in order to find out. Kemp has dedicated his life to studying and perfecting this microscopic Victorian art form and Killip sat down with him to learn about the process of creating diatom arrangements. The result was a short film entitled The Diatomist.
micromademacro here’s a post for you!
Thank you thesem! Diatom art is a remarkably old art form and it is always so amazing to see the results of it. Especially when you consider the individuals are only microns in size. I would love to have a go at this some day.
Alley off Richmond Road, Cathays.
Cymbella (diatom) together with Cochliopodium (amoeba) (400x)
Dataport Kiel, Germany
Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
Absolutely beautiful picture of one of the ‘not-a-banana’ diatoms!
Cathays train station, Cathays.
"Support local shops" - that’s been there years. On the bridge crossing the railway line if you’re playing spot the graffiti game.
Cathays train station, Cathays.
Right by the start of what’s locally known as ‘Anarchy Ally’ between Park Place and the railway - not surprising that something like this appeared.
I sent you a package today and you can see pictures of the main thing in it on my tumblr okay cool
Oh, oh wow. Seriously, just wow. So many of my favourite things (pretty books, wood stuff, Made Up Languages! eeeee!) and in such a beautiful, beautiful thing. I wish I could tackle hug you via the internet. I can’t wait for it to arrive - although I’ll be hard pressed to actually use it in case I make it less pretty. I only hope I can return the belated present anywhere near as well. So yes, thank you, thank you, thank you Sarah - it’s Lovely.
Door Mat ‘garden’ seen on Woodville Road in Cathays. Pretty sure it’s a matter of student laziness and lack of tidiness than any sort of statement.
Well, that was an adventure.
Was this the bloke? I took this photo in 2008 so if it is he’s been doing that trick a fair while - and is still one of the most unique and memorable buskers I’ve ever seen.
Title: Canna glauca
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Not quite Cardiff-y although it was a field trip with the uni there that led me to eventually painting this thing in the end.
So, this is my painting entry to the 2014 Botanicality contest on Tumblr.Go over and take a look if you could and vote! Maybe even for me if you like it more than the other entries. There are some beautiful things done for this event so I do recommend at least having a look.
The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath.
I remember going to The Gate as part of my 21st Birthday Cafe Crawl - they do an absolutely wonderous hot chocolate and gave me a free drink because it was my birthday. They are also next to where the Roath Farmers Market so have a look at both some weekend when/if you’re free.