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Charles Jencks
?What is life? 2013
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Why the sculpture was commissioned



The sculpture ?What is life? was commissioned from Charles Jencks to celebrate Science in Ireland, to encourage everyone, especially young people, to understand science and the role of science in society. Representing the flow of genetic information between DNA, RNA and protein, it was inaugurated by James Watson on the 60th anniversary of the discovery of The Double Helix by Watson and his colleague Francis Crick in April 1953. It represents for the first time in sculpture anywhere the many extraordinary new revelations made in the last 30 years about the novel roles of RNA in living organisms.




John and Grieg Gibson metalsmiths extraordinaire