Tom Otterness

2007 - metal: bronze

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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.

About the Work
About the Work
metal: bronze
overall: 47 in x 44 in x 8 in
lost wax cast
Edition of 5, A/P 1/2
Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Z-DNA by Tom Otterness

  • Z-DNA by Tom Otterness
  • Z-DNA by Tom Otterness
  • Z-DNA by Tom Otterness