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ChromoSong: A DNA-Shaped Marimba

Tim Sway's avatar Tim Sway

The assignment: Demonstrate "the convergence of science and art." Our discovery and continued research of DNA is a pinnacle of modern science. Music is in the heart and soul of every human being. Why not combine the two in a sculptural statement? The attached video, sketches and small scale experiments should help you visualize the end result which is just beginning to be constructed. Basically I am creating a 7+-foot-tall double helix that will be filled with multiple species of wood, cut and tuned to produce notes a la a marimba. They will be suspended from a series of hooks and Paracord to ring freely. Each species of wood will be culled from four corners of the world and represent the four parts of DNA (A, T, C & G). The base will be filled with stone and/or organic material, to symbolize life - and art - rising from the Earth. Follow the story! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9-JGqOmsWcrJyBTEZAUdMDrVo5GQ_q7x Thanks for checking it out and Be good, Tim

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 40 inches
  • Medium: steel and wood
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 90 inches