Beauty is in the Eye of the Microscope

I believe it is part of human nature to seek beauty in every activity we conduct. Our mind might feed on pure information, but our soul longs for beauty to convey those clinical facts into a deeper and more satisfying meaning.

Facts for the brain, beauty for the soul

Thinking back on my school days, I remember how students were split into two categories according to their abilities and subject preferences. On the one hand, there were “the geeks” – good with numbers, analytical thinkers, math-geniuses, with both feet on the ground. On the other hand we had “the artists” – daydreamers by nature, creative, sensitive, with an eye for beauty and harmony.

Back then I could not understand why people should be either black or white, nerds or artists, computer geeks or beauty beholders. I myself was fascinated with science in all its forms and I was convinced that behind every molecule, chemical reaction, programming language or education there must be a poetry of some sort.

A sight for sore eyes

The prototypes for the modern microscopes appeared in the first half of the 17th century. Since then, they have become vital to mankind, due to their power to reveal secret worlds hidden from the naked eye. Cells, blood, microorganisms and atoms could have never been studied, had it not been for this fascinating magnifying mechanism. Simultaneously, scientific fields such as medicine, biology, chemistry, zoology and engineering have been made possible thanks to this invention. Now, in more recent times, even art can benefit from this amazing invention.

“The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.” (G. Greenberg)

Gary Greenberg has managed to bring art and science together through his nano-landscapes that depict real wonders of nature that are not visible with the naked eye. His works aim to change for a moment our everyday, mundane perception of the world around us and show us its beauty, not in the eye of the beholder, but in the lens of the microscope.

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