Electron Micrographs, 2019
It was designed by James C. Weaver and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. It is dated 2019. Its medium is images on monitors. It is a part of the department.
James C. Weaver produces electron micrographs using a customized multi-detector scanning electron microscope, which scans the surface of a sample using a focused beam of high-energy electrons. The signals from each of the detectors are color-coded and subsequently recombined, creating a polychromatic electron micrograph. Unique to this process, color information is automatically generated during image acquisition, and not through manual post-processing. Variability in surface topography is revealed in a dazzling array of hues. The images shown here, of farmed coral specimens from the tropical Indo-Pacific, demonstrate the skeletal complexity of these incredibly diverse and ecologically important marine invertebrates.
It is credited
Courtesy of James C. Weaver.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.