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Genetics Bio Center

Genetics Biotechnology Center, University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

1995

Description

As a “sign” for the work done in the University of Wisconsin’s Genetics Biotechnology Center, sculptural lighting standards at the building’s entryway and glass installations throughout the building exploit enlargements of biological specimens. These patterns enliven the architecture as well as address the complex biological language in use by the facility. The three-foot diameter stainless steel and glass entryway sculptures are generated by lighting an enlarged crystallography photo of a protein etched into a glass lens. The stunning image etched into the glass operates at a variety of levels from a constellation of stars to its literal mapping of protein. The sculptures were commissioned after completion of the building.

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Photo Credit Rik Sferra

Location
Genetics Biotechnology Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Date
1995

Medium
Etched Glass, Stainless Steel

Commissioned by
Wisconsin Arts Board

Architect 
Hammil Green and Abrahamson

Engineer
Stroh Engineering, Minneapolis, MN

Subcontractor
Winona Lighting, Winona, MN
Glass Art Design, Minneapolis, MN

Client Reference
Chris Manke, Percent for Art Coordinator, Wisconsin State Arts Board

Photography 
Rik Sferra,
Minneapolis, MN