The hidden beauty of pollen revealed

Check out these beautiful pollen sculptures by Jo Golesworthy.

The average pollen grain measures between 20 and 150 microns (1 micron = 1000th of a millimeter) so these super-sized works of art offer a glimpse of a world normally hidden to the naked eye.

The sculptures highlight the unique beauty of pollen. Pollen grains come in many different shapes and sizes; their surfaces are often decorated with complex patterns, holes and indentations.

These unique features are used by pollen analysts (palynologists) to identify fossil pollen grains preserved in ancient soils. Palynologists use this information to reconstruct past environments and climates, deepening our understanding of Earth’s history.