The Wellcome Trust will launch its new window display on London’s Euston Road on Monday, designed by Julia Lohmann.
Titled Co-existence, the installation depicts two naked women constructed from 9000 illuminated petri dishes.
German-born product designer Lohmann graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004.
The Wellcome Trust briefed her to work on the theme of the ‘symbiotic relationship between the human body and the microorganisms that live in and on it’, says senior curator James Pato.
Only one in ten cells constituting a human being is mammalian, the rest being microbes and multicellular organisms, according to Professor Michael Wilson, a microbiologist at University College London who consulted on the artwork.
The Wellcome Trust commissions a new installation for its windows every year. Lohmann’s work replaces a display by lighting designer Paul Cocksedge.