Submitted by Bill Barrett

Client: Oklahoma State University

Location: Stillwater, OK, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $750,000

Project Team


Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University Museum of Art


Bill Barrett

Bill Barrett Studio


DNA IV, from the DNA Series, was fabricated in sheet bronze, from the original cast bronze maquette. The outdoor sculpture measures 12 ftH x 18 ftW x 10 ftD. Interior reinforcement was created among shapes for stability and lift.


This sculpture was selected by the Director and Chief Curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The sculpture will be placed at the entrance to the new McKnight Performing Arts Center, on campus in May of 2019. The work was not commissioned, but selected by the Director of the Museum, after it had been completed. The goals for the artwork was for an outdoor sculpture that would speak to and embrace the cultural activities that take place in the Performing Arts Center, while sharing a positive and energetic statement to the public who pass by the artwork on their way to the events. The project is a Percent For Art Project in conjunction with Oklahoma State University.


The primary collaboration was with the Director of the Museum, who at first saw the sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Several gatherings were initiated, studio visits were arranged with interested parties, funds were committed, and a timeline for purchase and installation were established. Founding Patrons and Charter Members, the OSU Museum of Art Advocates and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents agreed on what they wanted and found the means to proceed with the acquisition for their campus.

Additional Information

Prior to the acquisition, the artist was invited to Oklahoma State University for an exhibition of small cast bronze maquettes and to give a slide lecture. The desire for the larger version, enlarged from the maquette, was underway. A number of maquettes sold at the exhibition and a portion of the proceeds from the sale were donated to the Museum.