21. Muscle Filament Horizon
Artist Ashton Taylor created these images during a
summer internship in the Molecular Graphics Laboratory
at the Scripps Research Institute.
22. View into the Red
"Muscle Filament Horizon" depicts
the proteins actin and myosin, which together provide the power
for muscle contraction. This artwork looks at myosin and
actin filaments as if looking through the top of a muscle
cell, with myosin in red and actin in yellow. Ashton Taylor
writes of his work: "My objective was to create a different
perspective that would give the viewer a better overall feel
toward the layout of these filaments. Most importantly, I
wanted to reveal the scale and orientation of the filaments
without losing a feel for their immense length and density."
In both artworks,
the individual elements were initially hand-sketched, and
then scanned into Adobe Illustrator for scaling and
arrangement into the final image.
"View into the Red" depicts the fine structure of a red blood cell.
Red blood cells carry oxygen in the blood, giving blood its
deep red color. This artwork looks into a red blood cell
through an artificial hole in its outer membrane, revealing
the inner workings of the cell. Ashton Taylor writes that his
goal in the image was to "reveal the composition of the
skeleton surrounding the outside of the cell, as well as
display the density of hemoglobin inside."
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