The art and science of ‘Pretty Little Things’

Pretty Little Things art installation in the pedestrian gantry along Grattan Street, designed by Beck Storer from The Cutaway as part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program. Photo by Casey Horsfield.

A collaboration between The University of Melbourne and Metro Tunnel’s Creative Program, Pretty Little Things is an award-winning public art installation that merges biomedical research with visual design to bring the complex, often striking beauty beneath the microscope’s lens to a general audience.

This month sees the release of a short documentary video that tells the story behind this design collaboration and spotlights some of the research – and the researchers – that generated the microscopic images it features. Watch the video below.

Pretty Little Things reinterprets, at scale, nearly 40 microscope images produced by researchers from the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) and its network of affiliates and neighbours across Parkville’s Biomedical Precinct. It was awarded the prestigious Golden A' Design Award for Graphics and Visual Communication Design earlier this year, and was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Premier’s Design Awards in the Communication Design category.

Photo by Charlie Kinross Photography

Located on Grattan Street outside MDHS’ Medical and Alan Gilbert Buildings, Pretty Little Things extends over 250 metres of walkways surrounding the Metro Tunnel construction site at Parkville.

Pretty Little Things will be on display until mid-January 2020.