There’s a lot of natural beautify in Central Park, but according to one artistically inclined biologist, some of the most dramatic flora and fauna in the park are nearly invisible. That’s because they’re pond scum.
Armed with a mason jar, a pipette and a microscopic photography kit, biologist Sally Warring collects pond scum samples that are so stirring you’ll want to hang them on your wall.
“There are these tiny little dramas going on in the ponds,” Warring tell the New York Times, “there’s species that are fighting, and there’s species that are hunting, and there’s sex and reproduction.”
Watching Warring’s videos, and pursuing her Instagram, we couldn’t help but take the Time’s headline, “Art in Pond Scum,” seriously. The tiny microorganism have so much in common with the abstract works of artists like Wassily Kandinsky and even contemporary painters like Darren Waterston. And in a age so starved for authenticity, why not blow up a photograph of the real thing? It’s easier on the wallet too.
Check out Warring’s Instagram here and the Time’s video below.