The DNAted is a participatory installation commissioned for the 2015 Arts & Humanities Festival. The artwork produces a data-driven 3D-printed sculpture built up from and determined entirely by unique sequences of DNA. Generally, it is always installed on the site where X-ray studies of the structure of DNA are carried out by Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.
Visitors gain an insight into the way DNA functions and leave their unique mark by using a generated piece of DNA (RNA) to create a piece of the sculpture. The overall sculpture was made with the contribution of 120-150 participants. In 20 days, the sculpture grew and became a piece of visual art.
The project not only takes inspiration from the location, but from the growing medium of data-driven design. The DNAted aims to engage the public and simultaneously demystify new technologies and the building blocks of all human beings.
The installation has been led by Studio INTEGRATE in collaboration with Brian Sutton, Professor of Molecular Biophysics at King’s College London. The piece was commissioned by the Arts & Humanities Research Institute and the Cultural Institute at King’s for the Arts & Humanities Festival.