Maxima opens Artis microbe museum, Rotterdam open market
Queen Maximan opened the Artis microbe museum yesterday afternoon. This afternoon she will open the Market Hall in Rotterdam. Viruses, fungi, bacteria and other microscopic life can be seen in the Microbia, allowing the visitor to discover the close, but strange world. Dangerous viruses such as Ebola, HIV and smallpox can also be seen via massive enlargements in glass - to protect the visitors from becoming sick. Artis Director Haig Balian has been dreaming about this project since he started working at the zoo in 2003. All resources are used to make the invisible visible. Specially designed 3D viewers, a wall with petri-dishes of Cultures and an installation with different types of poo, NOS.nl reports. Microbia is the first place in the world where life on a microscopic level is made visible. The Market Hall in Rotterdam's face is one gigantic work of art by artistic couple Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. On an arc of 4 thousand tiles life size images of fresh produce sold in the market can be seen.