Artist: Blessing Hancock
Fabricators: Gizmo Art Production
Category: Sculpture Fabrication
Location: Emeryville, CA
Date: January 2020
Blessing Hancock partnered up with Gizmo to fabricate and install “DNA” the sculpture now located at the Emeryville West Transit Center Plaza, in Emeryville, CA.
The painted steel and polycarbonate artwork is internally illuminated and draws inspiration from the artistic expression of biotech and life sciences. The sculpture is original, site-specific and speaks of the research and science related activities that take place on Wareham’s Emeryville campus. The ten sided, columnar sculpture is made up of an underlayer of sanded polycarbonate that captures light and creates a diffused, glowing effect. A painted steel framework overlays the polycarbonate with an abstract DNA sequence cut pattern. The artwork ties into the biotech, pharmaceutical and research context of the Wareham Campus. My interest is in highlighting the significance of the many fields of study occurring on campus through a ‘geometric organic’ entry element. In the evening, animated color-changing lighting will illuminate the sculpture, creating a soft, diffused glow within the form. With the use of programmable LED fixtures the sculpture will automatically come alive in the evenings and early mornings with preprogrammed lighting sequences.