Genome is a five-story double helix of hand blown glass, stainless steel and aluminum. The DNA strand is illuminated by LED color changing lights for exterior viewing.
The main goal for Children's Mercy was to express the fun in science. The design took the form of a DNA strand made of colorful glass gumballs. The glass cascades through a five-story staircase atrium which is enclosed by a south facing curtain wall. Genome was illuminated by color-changing LEDs for a dynamic interior and exterior effect day and night.
Genome took a team of conceptual artists, designers, and engineers to come alive. I would like to thank Alison Trent for the initial design, Zahner for their engineering, and Scribe for the opportunity to make a custom piece of artwork for Children's Mercy Hospital. The scientific and playful concept came from the design of the ribbon-like five-story staircase. Colors for the gumball glass were designed to be bright, patterned, and graphic. Finally, the engineered suspension system framed out the glass with top and bottom mount systems and a chromosome structure down the center.
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