Micropia is an award-winning exhibition, part of Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam. A whole building is focused on microbiology and microorganisms. Visitors can experience a mixture of real and virtual microbes presented in a lot of different mixed-media exhibits.

Micropia 2nd floor
Micropia Story of Scale

My involvement was from concept to end-production in many of the exhibits. One of my responsibilities was the “Tree of Life” which shows taxonomic data relations from the root of all life down to single species in a generative designed steel sculpture. I wrote a custom design tool just to create this data sculpture.

Another responsibility was the final concept and design for the centerpiece of Micropia. It is an approx. 10 × 5 meters reactive monitor wall which communicates the astonishing size differences between different microbiological life forms. Visitors can collect microbes throughout the exhibition with a stamp card and then compare them on this big wall.

Micropia Story of Scale Staircase


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Micropia Extremophiles Theater
Micropia STD Exhibit
Micropia Extremophiles Theater
Micropia Kiss-O-Meter

Photos © Thijs Wolzak, Maarten van der Wal

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