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The G-Nome Project, (sculpture)

Title: G-Nome Project and DNA Double Helix, (sculpture)Hybrids, (sculpture)Warning-Biohazard, (sculpture)
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Sculptor:
Leicester, Andrew 1948-
Dahlquist, David B.
Palmquist, Donovan
Architectural firm:
Hansen Lind Meyer, Inc.
Contractor:
Story Construction Company
Tile by Design
Chamberlain Tile
American Olean
Niro Ceramic
Medium:
G-nomes: terra cotta; DNA pattern: brick; Hybrids: painted porcelain; Warning-Biohazard: terra cotta
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Iowa State University Brunnier Art Museum 290 Scheman Building Ames Iowa 50011
Located Iowa State University Molecular Biology Building Roof Ames Iowa Accession Number:U91.71a-h
Date:
Commissioned ca. 1988. 1991
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Iowa survey, 1993.
Iowa State University, University Museums, 2017.
Summary:
Facade of science building features images from art history and mythology to illustrate the science of genetics. Four abstract geometric figures, the "G-nomes," stand on each corner of the roof. These represent the men and women of science. Each holds wands which represent X and Y chromosomes. Starting at their feet, a swirled double helix pattern runs down the sides of the building. Four bas-relief "Hybrids" are installed at the south entrance. Each relief depicts a figure comprised from parts of different creatures, such a sphinx with a woman's head, lion's body and wings. Each relief is surrounded by black and white checkered borders with the letters "A" "G" "C" and "T," the four amino acids common to all living things. "Warning-Biohazard" consists of a pair of black-gloved forearms protruding from the building. Black, red and white squares patterned around the arms contain jumbled letters which spell out a quote from Robert Sinsheimer, a molecular biologist, "Human beings are not yet wise enough to direct the course of evolution."
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Biology
Figure--Fragment--Arm
Mythology--Classical
Mythology--Egyptian--Sphinx
Homage--Sinsheimer, Robert
Control number:
IAS IA000314
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_329647
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