• MYCOLOGY, GLASS AND SCULPTURE


A 25 cm glass model of Bremia lactucae(downy mildew), a fungus that attacks lettuce crops; made 1930s. 

Image © the Whipple Museum(Wh.5826.24).

I recently spent a day with the Cambridge Neuroscience research  group deciding on new collaborations  for the year ahead. We have shared interests in decision-making and behavioural addictions and have collaborated since my national clinic opened  in 2008.

Whilst waiting for the meetign to start I was browsing through the Cambridge University Staff newsletter and soon became transported by a beautiful article about Dr Dillon Weston who was a mycologist with artistic and personal flair. He decided to create glass models of his favourite fungi, making them on a scale hundreds of times larger than in real life and therefore helpful to him during his academic teaching.  

He then got rather carried away and made 90 models in all ,these are now at the Whipple Museum for all to see. I particularly loved the story of how he enlisted the help of various academic friends who were flying aeroplanes during their army days and persaded them to hang out of the side of the aeroplane  holding Petri dishes to collect spores from different flying  heights.  

What a great day out, neuroscience combined with the art of science. Perfect.  Thank you Cambridge .