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Microbial art in the built environment: bacterial billboard goes viral

Our reference collection of papers on the microbiology of the built environment has a few papers on microbes and art.  Microbes have both destructive potential and restorative applications, mostly in regard to frescoes and paintings.

However we haven’t talked much about using microbes as art, within the built environment.

I had to post this story (alternate story link) if for no other reason than the awesome pun in the title: “Bacterial billboard brings ‘culture’ to Hollywood marketing”

Basically some imaginative folks created a living bacterial billboard in an abandoned building in order to advertise a new movie.   You can see a very short video describing the project and with a time-lapse of the growth.

David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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