art meets science in surreal paper cut bacterium
Cut Microbe
Hand cut paper

At over 112cms or 44" in length this hand cut sculpture of a bacterium is half a million times bigger than the real thing. Obviously when enlarging to this degree you have to use your imagination to complete the image but the main features here are accurate: the flagella or tentacle-like appendages allow the bacteria to swim through the intestinal tract and the pilli or hair-like structures allow it to attach itself to the intestine wall.