Science, tech fuel artist's varied and vivid ouevre

U.K.-based artist Luke Jerram has created beautiful pieces that draw on everything from data visualization to microbiology to radiometers. Crave presents a selection.

Radiometer chandelier. Luke Jerram

Yes, artist Luke Jerram's most widely known piece may perhaps be "Play Me, I'm Yours" -- an artwork that temporarily distributes actual full-size pianos on the streets of major cities for anyone to play. After all, it's been featured in hugely populated towns like New York City and Los Angeles. But his body of work displays a particular fascination with science and technology.

One sculpture, for instance, is based on the seismogram generated by the 2011 Japan earthquake. Others draw from data visualization as well: charts of the ups and downs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the New York Stock Exchange. Microbiology, optics, and the history of sound recording have also inspired compelling pieces.

Jerram has even created chandeliers out of that geekiest of objects: the Crookes radiometer -- the little "lightbulb" with the spinning "windmill" inside that we all coveted in the science museum's gift shop when we kids.

Here's a look at some of Jerram's work, which has been featured in exhibitions associated with the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Venice Biennale in Italy.

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