This painting is a living thing–literally.
Artists at the World Science Festival in Brisbane, Australia, are creating art from marine bacteria known as Aliivibrio fischeri.
The bacteria are usually found in the light organ of a Hawaiian bobtail squid, but when it’s put on the end of a paintbrush the bacteria become an incredible masterpiece of science and art.
Australian artists flocked to the project for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint with the unique form of “ink.”
“It’s alive so anything can happen,” says microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles.