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From the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History


The Project

Microsculpture presents the insect collection of Oxford University Museum of Natural History like never before. The exhibition comes from a collaboration with photographer Levon Biss whose work has previously focused on the portraiture of celebrities. This exhibition focuses on the portraiture of insects, highlighting the hidden beauty of a variety of insect specimens from the Museum’s collection. 

The beautiful, surprising, and often bizarre microscopic forms of insects themselves allow visitors to view an array of sculptural forms visible in a variety of insects as well as their colours and shapes, down to the fine hair like skeletal structures. Seen alongside the real life-sized insects from the collection themselves, this huge transformation of scale offers a unique viewing experience. The specimens on show have been carefully selected by Dr James Hogan, an entomologist in the Museum’s Life collections. Each picture in Microsculpture is created from around 8,000 individual photographs

“I photograph the insect in approximately 30 different sections, depending on the size of the specimen. Each section is lit differently with strobe lights to bring out the micro-sculptural beauty of that particular section of the body. For example, I will light and shoot just one antenna, then I will move on to the eye and the lighting set up will change entirely to suit the texture and contours of that part of the body. This process continues until I have covered the whole surface area of the insect.” – Levon Biss

Hjo, Sweden - The Samskoleparken
July 1 – September 7
The open air version of the Microsculpture Exhibition is on show in Hjo. Starts July 1 to September 7.
Located in a beautiful park in the center of the old town of Hjo.
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Stockholm - Swedish Museum of Natural History
September 28/2019 – July 30/2020
An even larger version of this stunning exhibition will be on show at The Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm later this year. Program and events is coming up in august.

Interested to hire the Exhibition

The Microsculpture Exhibit is for hire in the Northern Countries by UpOnWalls.
Please contact us at or +46 703757787

Levon Biss is a British photographer born in London. For the last 20 years Levon’s photography has continually developed and his curiosity has seen him work across a number of photographic genres including reportage, sport and portraiture. He has exhibited in print shows around the world and his work is permanently housed in a number of museum and private collections. During his career Levon has received numerous awards and in 2016 he was presented with a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society.

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