Briony Marshall creates Life Forming DNA sculpture in residency at Pangolin London

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 June 2013

Exhibition preview: Life Forming, Pangolin London, London, until June 15 2013

A photo of a sculpture showing a series of small figures linked by their limbs
Briony Marshall, DNA© Courtesy Pangolin London. Photo: Steve Russell
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. In commemoration, Briony Marshall – an Oxford Biochemistry graduate and sculptor – has made a new, two-metre high work, DNA: Helix of Life, in a symbol of modern science constructed from more that 600 human figures, linked by their hands and feet.

If Marshall’s discipline was science, her passion is for art. But the two combine in her prevailing career: chemistry and molecular science inform her investigations of micro-worlds, expressed through figurative sculpture.

Crafted in wax before being cast in bronze, this piece is a result of Marshall’s spell as the Sculptor in Residence at Pangolin, introduced by the gallery as a means of supporting new talent via a private work space at its King’s Place studio and access to impressive casting facilities in Gloucestershire.

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