Pouring agar into falcon tubes, rotating them to create a film of agar around the inside. We figured that if we were to streak the agar inside, then we could create the impression that the bacteria was in the test-tube like a solution. This way, it would still last for a few more days. One problem we encountered was the air bubbles that formed inside the tubes when pouring - even at a slow pace we couldnt escape this issue. It does look rather beautiful though.
One serious issue was that it was almost impossible to streak the plates with any artistic flair in this confined format. I practically scribbled with the VF. We experimented with the standard falcon tubes and some much smaller tubes too.
Honestly, we both loved our first design idea that we were holding onto it. I feel this is a personality trait Benjamin and I definitely share: the inability to let things go at times. We have a thought/visualization and nothing will make it change or alter if we dont want it to. Unfortunately we will have to come up with an alternative design that will either suspend the VF in solution and create a way to constantly agitate it OR we’ll have to use petri dishes as the base of our installation.