Green Fluorescent Protein, 2004
Steel with process marks, height 5'6" (1.70 m)
I often use especially beautiful or conceptually interesting proteins as starting points for creating my sculptures. One such molecule is the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), which gives a
jellyfish the ability to glow green in the dark and is one of the most widely used tools in biological research. GFP has been used to create animals such as green glowing rabbits or mice. My sculpture based on the GFP structure was made from 100’ of 2” x 2” square tubing. The marks used in the creation of the piece are still visible on the completed sculpture, shifting the focus away from the actual molecule towards the image of the molecule we create in our mind. In this piece the movement of the square tubing is contrasted with thin steel rods running perpendicular. Their spiraling movement along the outside of the barrel-like structure runs opposite to the movement of the square tubing, resulting in a visual dynamic that emphasizes the extraordinary beauty of the molecule.
From the German Physical Society's Physik Journal (Oktober 2005, 4. Jahrgang)