Artists:Leonie Herson (Australia) /  Drew Berry (United States) / Christopher Hammang (Australia) / Richard Tamplenizza (Australia) / Seán O’Donoghue...

Beautiful and Dangerous



Beautiful and Dangerous

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Leonie Herson (Australia) /  Drew Berry (United States) / Christopher Hammang (Australia) / Richard Tamplenizza (Australia) / Seán O’Donoghue (Australia)

Beautiful and Dangerous takes visitors on a personal encounter with the infectious biological agents that most affect human health — magnified to spectacular scale.

It also provides a unique and engaging glimpse into some of the research being done to combat infection. Learn how organisations like CSIRO — Australia’s national science agency, is using science to unlock the secrets that will help control and prevent diseases such as Ebola, Zika and Influenza.

Visitors see a range of infectious diseases magnified up to one billion times and learn more about what bacteria and viruses look like under the microscope. Their forms have a beautiful intricacy, but these diseases can burden us as individuals and impact populations around the world.

Every breath of air, every sip of water, everything we eat is awash with vast numbers of astonishingly small viruses and bacteria, each evolved as strikingly beautiful geometric forms; but some are among our most dangerous enemies.

This installation is created by CSIRO and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.


Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.