Mutation: 1001insJ

1001insJ, 2017  (steel rods, wooden, light, photography gels, motor)

 

1001insJ is a collaborative piece created with Julie Light. The kinetic sculpture is a metaphor for genetic mutation, inspired by the Crick and Watson models for the double helix structure of DNA. We bent and soldered hexagonal structures from steel rods to begin the spiral, and altered the shapes as the helix progresses down and around the central 2-meter-high pole, breaking them up into a completely different—mutated—shape. The piece slowly spins on a motor and hovers above a base that can be lit with colour.