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Assembling a glass sculpture of ATP-synthase by Colin Rennie

By February 16, 2009No Comments

One of the great attractions here at Medical Museion right now is Colin Rennie‘s glass sculpture of ATP-synthase.

We have placed it in the basement area to the left of the main entrance — we didn’t dare put it on the ground floor because we were afraid the 18th century wooden floor construction would collapse under the 900 780 kilograms of assembled glass plates. It’s lit by a single spotlight which gives the small and dark room a crypt-like ambience, and increases the presence of the sculpture. An object of secular awe.

Below Colin is polishing one of the 30 glass plates measuring 1×1 meter. You can see how the structure of the sculpture is made out of nothing, i.e., holes in the glass plates made by a water jet stream cutter:


And below Colin and Jim Patton are putting the sculpture together, one plate on top of the other:







And finally, Colin presents the work to our student guides (docents):


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