2007 - metal: bronze
Tom Otterness has created an interpretation of the 'Z-DNA', one of the many possible double helical structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), for the front entrance of Grounds For Sculpture. It is a left-handed double helical form of DNA that winds to the left instead of the right, like the more common B-DNA. '-DNA is thought to be one of the three biologically active double helical structures along with A- and B-DNA. Widely known for his whimsical and subversive sculptures, Otterness’ works have a unique style and voice. Upon first sight, the viewer experiences an immediate attraction and is drawn in by the somehow familiar, cartoon-like forms. With closer inspection, a deeper message is revealed as the characters act out scenes that refer to various social and political commentaries. Otterness’ sculptures use a language of simplified, easy-going, yet well-crafted form to which people relate and find intriguing. Through them, often overlooked discourses of the human condition are opened up to be discussed and pondered.