PHOTOS: Bioluminescent bacteria light up the night during NOLA professor’s exhibition

The glowing designs were placed around the darkened theater and affixed to dancers to complete the ethereal experience.

by Angela Calonder
October 11, 2019

Bacteria lit up the night Thursday as the Zeitgeist Theater was transformed into a bioluminescent wonderland thanks to Dr. Hunter Cole’s unique “Illuminated Living Art” project. With the help of her Loyola students, she painted hundreds of Petri dishes with a special strain of bacteria that glows as it feeds on agar in the dishes. The glowing designs were placed around the darkened theater and affixed to dancers to complete the ethereal experience.

Glow Night was one night only, but you can catch Dr. Cole’s photos of her bioluminescent art in the theater lobby through November 28.

Want to learn more about how Cole got the idea for the exhibit? Click here to read our interview with her.

Angela Calonder is a globetrotting photographer and blogger who is happy to call New Orleans home.

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