Artist Rogan Brown Creates Powerful Paper Art Representing The Human Microbiome That Looks Like Coral Reefs

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Human beings and other living organisms are not that different when compared to each other. 

An artist named Rogan Brown has come up with a way to show us the similarities between human beings and other living organisms. It is done on a microscopic level using paper art. Even though we know very little about microbiomes, they are very diverse. Brown designs paper sculptures that imitate the microscopic aggregate of microbes that live inside human beings.

If you have never seen microbes before, you might even assume that they are coral reefs. Even Rogan agrees that the appearance of human microbiomes is similar to that of underwater ecosystems.

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Reefs and microbiomes both have biodiverse colonies of organisms and are symbiont organisms. It means that we rely on a mutually beneficial relationship with another species.

Microorganisms such as protozoa, bacteria, viruses, archaea, and eukaryote imitate the appearance of sea anemones and stony corals found under the sea. Fractal patterns are what make it hard to separate human microbiomes from coral reefs. 

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The paper sculptures made using hand-cut pieces of paper arranged orderly on a sheet scientifically. Rogan uses a scalpel knife to cut these pieces carefully. It takes him months to finish one structure, yet the end result is breathtaking. 

These paper sculptures give you the feeling of looking under a microscope. Using paper, Brown beautifully connects art and science. He uses paper due to contrasting qualities, durable, fragile, and delicate yet strong and figuratively symmetrical. His sculptures are both real and surreal due to the natural element in them.

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Copyright ©Rogan Brown
Copyright ©Rogan Brown
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Copyright ©Rogan Brown

Another name for paper art is Origami. It is also called paper folding, which is the art of folding objects out of paper to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional subjects.

Kirigami is another art form and is a variation of origami. It involves cutting the paper, rather than only folding the paper as is the case with origami, but typically does not use glue.

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Copyright ©Rogan Brown

From paper to mud art. Check out this stunning African village, where every house is a work of art.

Burkina Faso in West Africa is a poor country, yet culturally rich with stunning homes. Decorating the walls of these buildings is an essential part of their cultural legacy. The community project of wall decorating is made from wood, straw, earth mixed with cow dung, and moistened to a state of perfect plasticity to shape vertical surfaces. The women do this.

All images used with permission courtesy of Rogan Brown

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