The Persistence of Life - CODAworx

The Persistence of Life

Client: University of Texas Medical Branch

Location: Galveston, TX, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $75,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

Charles White

Skyline Art Services


Stephanie Jones

University of Texas Medical Branch


The images in the sculpture were captured using various kinds of cameras and microscopes by the artist, the UTMB staff, and the Center for Disease Control. Seale works with a special digital camera of his own invention. Like a microscope or telescope, this camera expands our ability to perceive more about the nature of reality. Capturing a vertical slice of the scene over and over in rapid succession, it swaps the horizontal dimension of the photo for the dimension of time. Instead of mirroring the world as we know it, this camera records a hidden reality.


Beautification and Education


UV-cured ink printed onto acrylic. Stainless steel bands surround each image.