Skip to content. Skip to departments. Skip to most popular. Skip to footer.


In Living Color


Photos by Victoria Vesna

Published Jul 1, 2010 9:00 AM


Of all the faculty team-ups at UCLA, perhaps none intrigues more than the union of scientist and artist (as in this issue's feature story, Outlaw Biology). This image comes from "Blue Morph," an interactive installation that uses nanotechnology to explore the mechano-structural properties of the Blue Morpho butterfly. Created by Design | Media Arts Professor Victoria Vesna and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Jim Gimzewski, the exhibit creates sounds and patterns that emerge only when the viewer is still and silent. And that beautiful blue color is not pigment at all, but optics of the butterfly's patterns and structure. See and hear for yourself at BlueMorph.