Discosphaera by Iona Scott

Discosphaera tubifera is a type of marine micro plant. These tiny plants are responsible for producing approximately half the oxygen on Earth.

My Artwork aims to enable a closer connection with these incredible lifeforms.
Over many years I have been constantly developing my work in the different disciplines of sculpture and stereoscopic 3D animation in order that they will work together to enhance our understanding of where they are and what they look like.

I studied a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Norwich Institute and then an MA in Computer Animation and Special Effects at Bournemouth University before working as a 3D Artist at a Computer Games Company. After completing a 2 year acting course at Morley College in 2002, I co-founded an eco-themed Theatre In Education Company called Purple Broccoli with whom I performed in plays and led Art and Drama workshops in London.

In 2003 I made a demo animation 'Planktonworld' and approached and was commissioned by The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in London to make an exhibit of a stereoscopic 3D animation 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D', which was resident in the Marine Display under The Palm House from 2004 - 2017.

After many years exhibiting my Discosphaera sculptures in the UK and USA, I started 3D printing them in 2018 and was then able to make them into lights as originally intended.

 I approached and was commissioned by Micropia Museum in Amsterdam to make two more designs and include a Discosphaera for their contribution to the Amsterdam Festival of Light in 2019/2020 and since then they have been a permanent exhibit.

I am now producing my Discosphaera Light Sculptures and linking them via QR code to immersive animations of them in their natural habitat.

My work is available in many formats to make it applicable in a wide variety of locations.

Discosphaera Light Sculptures can be purchased or hired and the animations can be viewed as stand alone large-scale projections or projected over the Plankton Light Sculptures as an installation. 

I am also developing a mobile app to accompany my Plankton Light Sculptures in which, amongst other features, my animation 'Deep Sea Discosphaera' , a collaboration with The Egg and their track 'Deep Sea', will illustrate the journey into this hidden dimension. A recording of which can be seen here;


Much gratitude to all who have supported me in my vision including my family Lucas, Rachel, Peter, Jim, Ned, Maff, Tiggy, Amanda and Marcia Scott, The Tripp family

Frank Bowling & the Peters Family.

Gratitude also to Pete Morris, Jasper Buikx, Sam Gueterbock, Shaun Hunter, Maf 'J Alvarez, Javier Alvarez, Jake Slack, Charlie Holland, Andy Baker and the Residents, staff and MD Phil Jones at The Fusebox in Brighton.

Article about my exhibition at Micropia;


Discosphaera Youtube Channel;

'Blow up Sculptor' ID Magazine