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Microsculpture Blows Tiny Worlds Up into Larger-Than-Life Portraits in Outdoor, Nature Setting at Fernbank

Experience insects in a way never seen before through stunning, large-format and detailed images that sheds a new light on the insect kingdom

Species of the genus Sternotomis (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). Once magnified the secret to the spectacular patterning of this beetle is revealed – a covering of extremely fine pigmented scales similar to those of butterflies and moths. Credit: © Levon Biss

The tiny insect world around us is one filled with astonishing complexity and surprising beauty.

Beginning Saturday, January 30, 2021, Microsculpture: The insect portraits of Levon Biss, magnifies these tiny creatures into large-format, high-resolution portraits in the context of Fernbank Museum’s immersive woodlands to highlight the beauty of some Earth’s most misunderstood critters.
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These larger-than-life photographs will be placed in the Fernbank’s Nature Gallery in WildWoods. Guests will take in these striking photos in this secluded, yet experiential and museum-curated forest environment, filled with its own variety of insect species and located just minutes from the heart of downtown Atlanta. The vivid and opalescent photography delivers pops of color against the woodlands and magnifies some of nature’s overlooked inhabitants against the large scale of the towering trees.

Eleven insect species from around the world will be featured as a part of Microsculpture at Fernbank. Species include visually stunning insects such as the Orchid Cuckoo Bee, Ruby-Tailed Wasp, Amazonian Purple Warrior Scarab, Tortoise Beetle and more, presented in exquisite detail.

Microsculpture was created by award-winning photographer Levon Biss with insect specimens from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Each dazzling and detailed image took nearly four weeks to produce and was created from over 8,000 separate images using different microscopic lenses and lighting.

Microsculpture: The insect photography of Levon Biss from the collections of Oxford University Museum of Natural History is provided to Fernbank by the American Museum of Natural History.

Microsculpture is on view at Fernbank from Saturday, January 30, 2021 until Sunday, April 4, 2021. Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. Parking is free.

The exhibit is included with general admission and is free for Fernbank members. Timed, online tickets are required in advance at at $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $18 for children*. To purchase tickets or view pre-visit information, frequently asked questions, safety protocols and more, please visit

*Tickets not purchased online start at $19.95 and may not be available due to safety precautions that limit capacity.