Luke’s sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts take a multidisciplinary approach. Ten of his Glass Microbiology sculptures based on viruses are collected at the Usher Gallery for the festival. In 2007, Jerram won an Institute for Medical Imaging Award for this work and in 2009 his sculptures were presented at Mori Museum, Tokyo along with work by Damien Hirst, Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci. In 2010, he was awarded The Rakow Award for this work and a fellowship at the Museum of Glass, Washington.
In collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch, Jerram’s glass sculptures were designed to contemplate the global impact of a number of diseases. They are approximately one million times larger than the actual viruses. Jerram is exploring the tension between the artworks’ beauty, what they represent and their impact on humanity.