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Some artists probably did not know that they were creating trypanosomes or other parasites in their art. At other times, trypanosomes can be imagined in photographs of natural phenomena. Some of our colleagues also make ceramics, etc, in the form of their favorite subject. Let me know if you would like to contribute images to this page and please do not copy what you find here.

Not just trypanosomes: British artist Abigail Fallis created this sculpture entitled DNA in 2004.

Who could believe this was not trypanosome-inspired: a 4-ton stainless steel sculpture entitled I'm Alive created in 2005 by British artist Tony Cragg. I photographed the Fallis and Cragg sculptures at the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood in 2005.

Frank Stella's The Tail (1988) "Each work in this series is a chapter title in Moby Dick, exploring form, color and abstraction in space" but I think it is really about trypanosomes and other parasites in the context of global health.

Mosaic of a T. brucei negatively-stained whole mount procyclic form cytoskeleton made by Catarina Gadelha©, Keith Gull lab, Oxford. The bar at the top right represents 1um.

I found these intriguing seaweed formations at Solana Beach in California in December 2007.

Trypanosomes in Pemberton Place, Atlanta, Georgia photographed© by Flora Logan, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Left: people puzzled by trypanosomes in Pemberton Place, Atlanta, Georgia photographed© by Flora Logan, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Right: chips and dip bowl made by Christine Clayton, University of Heidelberg, Germany.


Staff and students from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology took part in Glasgow's West End Festival parade on 13 June 2010, carrying this 7m long purple fabric parasite (500,000 times its natural size). Photograph supplied by Richard McCulloch. (source).

If you have a good imagination like Keith Matthews (Edinburgh University), trypanosomes are everywhere: a Fairtrade stumpy and zoid, on a British £2 coin (I could never find this version) beyond the peritrophic membrane, and 'tryps' in need of a fire extinguisher!


Mobile in Toulouse Hotel. Photograph by Christine Clayton, University of Heidelberg.

Original drawing by André Schneider, University of Berne, Switzerland.

Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire. Photograph by Caterina Galdelha, University of Nottingham.

Big Munsen Island, Florida. Photograph by friend of Jason Pinger, The Rockefeller University.

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