Angel of the West

Submitted by Julian Voss-Andreae

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Project

Client: The Scripps Research Institute

Location: Jupiter, United States

Completion date: 2008

Project Team

Artist

Julian Voss-Andreae

Other

Daniel Burgess

Overview

"Angel of the West" is inspired by the structure of the human immune system’s key molecule, the antibody. Like tiny guardian angels, legions of antibodies constantly protect us from illness and disease. The sculpture plays on the striking similarity of both proportion and function of the antibody molecule to the human body. A stylized representation of the antibody molecule is surrounded by a ring evocative of Leonardo’s Renaissance icon "Vitruvian Man" (1490).

Goals

Commissioned as the signature piece for the new Florida campus of the prestigious Scripps Institute, the sculpture symbolizes the application of Western science to the art of healing.

Process

The antibody molecule depicted in the sculpture is based on scientific data. The artist was made aware of the particular data set used by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute.