The Exhibition

The ‘Invisible You. The Human Microbiome’ exhibition opens on 22nd May 2015, in the Core building. Entry to the exhibition is included within the normal admission price to the Eden Project.

“We’ve explored all sorts of ecosystems at the Eden Project. But this spring we’re taking a closer look at the invisible ecosystem within your body; your ‘microbiome’. Whether it’s bacteria in your gut to help you digest food, or microbes on your skin to keep it soft and fill the cracks to prevent disease, microscopic life is found everywhere in and on our bodies. In fact, human cells are outnumbered 10:1 by bacteria inside our body. But scientists are only just beginning to understand how these organisms – which have evolved with us over time – can affect all sorts of things, from our weight to our mood to our susceptibility to autism.”

Interactive exhibition

human-microbiome-exhibition“That’s why, with generous funding from the Wellcome Trust, we’ve invited a handful of talented artists to help bring this invisible world to life for you. Many of them collaborating with scientists, these artists are busy creating an amazing collection of artwork, installations and interactive pieces to unveil in May – ranging from a sound piece based on DNA, to sculptures and textiles exploring the patterns of bacteria, to a series of portraits exploring the bacteria within our belly buttons.The exhibition puts everything from pregnancy and faeces to guts and antibiotics under the microscope – and invites you to get involved. You’ll never look at your body in quite the same way again…”

** The above information/photography are courtesy of the eden project.

To view original article on The Eden Project website here