Leeds Nuffield Hospital, 2003
High tension cable, stainless steel, oak, slate, glass. 6m high, 600mm diameter
The sculpture represents a strand of D.N.A. It’s dynamic shape animates the space for the transient population of patients and visitors who move through the building. As a representation of DNA it conveys a further layer of meaning to the hospital staff who use the building daily.
The spiral implies growth and dynamism. This basic geometry is something we relate to instinctively; it’s around us all the time on every scale from D.N.A. to a fern leaf to a galaxy.
Four elements represent the four bases that comprise D.N.A. The cubes are made of stainless steel, oak, glass and slate.
The interplay between these materials creates visual interest. The metal reflects, glass refracts, wood and stone absorb the light. They also have contrasting textures, the metal smooth, hard and cold; the stone rough and cold, the wood soft and warm, the glass silky to the touch.
The whole is strung on tensile cables reaching 6m from ceiling to floor in the front lobby of the building.