The 'Mechanics' of the Bacteriophage T4
Initially I built an organic bacteriophage T4 using proteins gathered from the protein data bank and other scientific sources. However, I was captivated by its almost robotic appearance. Instead of giving it an organic texture and placing it in a traditional cellular environment, I decided to run with the mechanical theme. So I rebuilt the bacteriophage using nuts and bolts, screws, gears and metal created in 3-D. Although it is made of mechanical parts, I have ensured its scientific accuracy. The head for example is an icosahedral with each of the proteins represented (gp24, gp23, Hoc, Soc) albeit in shiny metals. The collar, sheath, and baseplate are accurate as well. I then created a suitable environment for it---a work bench with a blueprint, tools and parts you might expect are needed in order to build one in real life. As for the art direction, I've always been intrigued by steampunk art. The details and colors often used in this style are quite fitting for this piece.