Microbiologists Get Creative for the 2015 ASM Agar Petri Dish Art Competition

This year, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) launched its first Agar Art contest, inviting ASM members to create a piece of art using microbes as the paint and petri dishes as the canvas. The group of microbiologists took their painting skills to the limit with their submissions, showing that bacteria can be beautiful. First place went to Neurons, submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil. People's Choice went to Cell to Cell, with almost 3,500 likes on the Facebook album. This image was also created by the group who won first place.

Jennifer Angus Covers the Walls of the Renwick Gallery with Patterns Made Up of Insects

To celebrate the two-year renovation of the Renwick Gallery , the Smithsonian American Art Museum transformed the entire space into an immersive artwork with their debut exhibition, "WONDER". Nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. As part of the exhibit, artist Jennifer Angus covered the gallery walls in spiraling, geometric designs reminiscent of wallpaper or textiles, but made using 5,000 specimens of different species of shimmering, brightly-colored insects.

Meet the Ethiopian Tribespeople Who Turn Scavenged Junk into Beautiful Jewellery

Eric Lafforgue is a French photographer who has spent several years exploring the customs of an Ethiopian semi-nomadic tribe known as 'The Daasanach', a group made up of some 50,000 individuals who re-appropriate discarded objects and manufactured goods. Using bottle caps, hair clips and old wristwatches the women turn these items into beautiful head wear and jewelry, designed to be worn by young and old. Lafforgue says, “Younger girls and children get the most basic version of the wig, while the oldest women are treated to the heaviest numbers with the most embellishment."

Pop-Up Building Milan: A Temporary Architectural Installation Built from Cardboard and Tape

Hidden in the traditional Milanese patio of Marselleria, "Pop-Up Building Milan" is a new ephemeral architecture project by artist Daniel González inspired by children pop-up books. The artist covered 250 square meters facade of the building with hand cut-out cardboard, tape, zip ties, wood, glues, nylon wires and electric engines creating a massive architectural model gone crazy. Making direct reference to Baroque architecture and the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini the installation pays heed to some of the city’s best known design icons such as Velasca and Pirelli Towers and le Fabbriche di Lambrate, many surprising cultural references are mixed up in this work as well.

Harry Smith's Wonderfully Weird Collection of Paper Planes Found on the Streets of New York

Harry Smith was an artist whose activities and interests put him at the center of the mid twentieth-century American avant-garde. He was also a collector of oddball items and groups of objects, including over 250 paper airplanes which he donated to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It is not clear what drove Smith to collect paper airplanes, but he would pick up these lost paper objects and tag each one with the time and location of their finding. One friend recalls: “He would run out in front of the cabs to get them, you know, before they got run over. I remember one time we saw one in the air and he was just running everywhere trying to figure out where it was going to be. He was just, like, out of his mind, completely."

Artist Camilla Barnard Builds a Wooden and Hand-Painted Replica of a Subway Station

As part of this year’s designjunction exhibition at the London Design Festival, artist Camilla Barnard has created a wooden life-size replica of a London subway station inside the former campus of art school Central St Martins. The installation is made entirely from hand painted pieces of wood and features a ticket hall with barriers, a map, ticket machines, a Metro newspaper stand with wooden newspapers and of course, a train. Barnard told Dezeen, "I want to try to replicate as many things as I can, so a Tube station is quite a big iconic one to tick off the list."

Artist Creates Sculptural Fake Bombs Made from Household Objects and Trash

Undermining the concept of bombs, Greek artist Petros Efstathiadis created a series of sculptural assemblages made from consumer packaging, soap, flowers, light bulbs or sponges. The series titled “Bombs”, reveals how even common everyday objects can appear menacing when we are conditioned to be frightened by terrorism. Via his website, "There was a period of tension and despair in Greek society as the result of the economic crisis – and in a period of global confusion in general – Petros Efstathiadis’ bombs are a powerful and pacific answer to the absurdity we got ourselves into."

Artist Gali Cnaani Creates Beautiful Patterns by Rearranging Her Bookcase at Home

Inspired by the textures and designs of textiles, Israeli artist Gali Cnaani has created a series of clever patterns which are the result of her rearranging her large collection of books on her bookcase at home. The series of photos titled "Pattern Book", examines the visual resemblance between the world of literature and the craft of weaving - from the side, the dense warp threads in the loom look like the pages of a thick book. Speaking about the project she says, "For three months no one could read a book at home. I usually worked at night. I always began by sorting the books according to size, height, width, and color."

Composer Turns Cars Crossing a Lamp Post on a Freeway into Complex Musical Arrangements

A new experimental video by Brazilian multimedia artist Jarbas Agnelli, "Cars on the Lanes" uses small loops from several minutes of footage of cars crossing a lamp post on a New York freeway as musical notes, that when combined together produces an original musical arrangement. "Since everything moves (from galaxies to atoms) and every moving pattern can be read as numbers or notes, then everything contains music." Agnelli explains, "When we cross this with the human spirit, and combine those patterns in a pleasant way, we have the chance to transform them in art. That's the idea behind this project."

New Salvaged Tires Installation Breaks the Homogeneity of the Urban Environment

In an effort to address the issue of tire waste around the world, Cúmul Collective (previously) has created "ONA", a new public art installation presented during the 2015 Cultura de la Calle Festival in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain. Made with cut salvaged tires taken from the Seseña tire cemetery located between Toledo and Madrid, the installation resembles a wave that is reminiscent of the sea of discarded black rubber that threatens our environment. Repurposing old tires as urban art, gives a new sense to these objects while revitalizing urban spaces.