This month’s cover image is related to the pineapple genome paper, but is also a celebration of all things genome. The cover art is from a collage produced by young artists Sahve Greef and Aurora Lupus. The image shows a pineapple outline with genome tracks or chromosomes contained within the scales of the outer fruit, all set on a background reminiscent of outer space.
We asked Sahve to give us some insight into the process that led to this design:
I was working on the cover and had a difficult time creating my original concept which would have been genomes shaped like pineapples and than it became a pineapple silhouette with genomes shaped like pineapples inside, pineapple inception! It was becoming too complicated so I was thinking it over. Aurora suggested creating the pineapple’s scales from genome tracks, and we began working together. Originally, I was composing the collage on an orange bristol board, but felt that it made the pineapple appear flat, and disappearing into the background too much. I wanted to create a dynamic image, one that exploded off the cover and made people wonder, “Hey, what’s going on with that crazy pineapple that just punched me in the eyeballs???” I’m amazed by how incredibly small genomes are in relation to just about everything, and it makes me really think about how small we are in the universe.