A Microbiologist Recreated ‘Starry Night’ With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic “Starry Night” — especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls with a palpable momentum of wind, fog and moonlight.

The work of science-savvy art is the product of Melanie Sullivan, a microbiologist who submitted her microscopic masterpiece to the
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