I love this essay by Donald G. McNeil posted online June 14, 2010 in the New York Times. McNeil writes about artist Luke Jerram’s renditions of killer viruses in glass. The sculptures are on display at Heller Gallery in New York.
McNeil, who describes himself as “someone covering infectious disease” ponders whether it is the presentation of killer viruses as objects of beauty or the $10,000 price tag of each sculpture that he finds offensive. He coins the phrase, “beautiful hand grenades” to describe them.
As a nurse, I follow his line of thought. As an artist, I feel he missed the point. Either way, it is good publicity for Mr. Jerram.
Check the slide show on the NYT website, and see for yourself.