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“Luminescent Forms: Art Under the Microscope”

New Exhibit Opens at National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Luminescent Forms: Art Under the Microscope

Art & Science on view Feb. 6 – Apr. 17, 2015

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) new exhibition bridges the gap between art and science by illuminating minuscule organic forms called foraminifera that can be found in the sand beneath our feet. Luminescent Forms: Art Under the Microscope features a series of these tiny single-celled organisms that have been beautifully magnified and photographed by German engineer Roland Verreet, and reimagined in glass by Caymanian artist Davin Ebanks.

Mr. Verreet has studied samples of forams from around the world, including the Cayman Islands, where he was introduced to National Gallery director and curator Natalie Urquhart, who was immediately taken with their remarkable beauty and symmetry.“An exhibition of forams, displayed in large format, was an intriguing concept,” she explains. “Rather than being artwork inspired by the beauty of our natural environment, these images celebrate nature itself as a work of art.”

Seen under the microscope the glowing forms literally appear as though sculpted in glass which led Mrs. Urquhart to take the exhibition idea a stage further, inviting Caymanian artist and glass sculptor, Davin Ebanks, to reimagine the forams as blown and cast glass sculptures. For Luminescent Forms, he has created a new series of sculptural glass forms, drawing on the anthropomorphic shapes of the foraminifera.

Luminescent Forms: Art Under the Microscope, opens on Friday 6 February, 2015 and runs until 17 April. Admission to the exhibition is free and tours can be booked directly with the NGCI Education Department via For more information about the exhibition and the upcoming programme of events contact or call (345) 945 8111. [Read more here…]