Megaprint 3,20x 3m

 
 

Megaprint 3,20x 3m

 

Ellen Karin Mæhlums series of prints are based upon four different groups of extraordinary single-celled plankton organisms that are to be found in the waters close to the surface of the ocean. These have very special architectural structures built of calcium carbonate (calcite) or silicon (opal). They are invisible to the naked eye, and they have a life cycle of only a few days. These groups of organisms are among the important players for draw down of carbon in the oceans and thus they represent important issues in the CO2 balance on the earth.
 
The water samples were taken from the sea around Ny Ålesund on Svalbard by microbiologists from the University of Bergen. The initial contact with the research group was made there in 2007 where they took part in the IPY project PAME (Polar Aquatic Microbial Ecology). Most of the microscope photos are made by Egil Severin Erichsen and Mikal Heldal. This is the third series of art prints Mæhlum have produced based upon material from the world of natural science from Svalbard.

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