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HX: The DNA of Stone 2012-2013

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HX:DNA 2x2 Strand, Cervaiole Marble, (60" x 80" x 30") 2012

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While stone is inorganic, much of its intrinsic beauty arrives from the seemingly organic, structured movements of the earth’s minerals, captured and revealed in richly varying colorations and veining.  The HX-DNA forms developed in this design build upon conceptual plays of the hidden forms and primary building blocks of our physical world: DNA.   The 2012 Marmomacc pavilion collaboration with Henraux, “HX: The DNA of Stone,” was inspired by the organic metaphor of biological structure - namely DNA.

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HX:DNA   Exhibition Concept Design

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HX:DNA Relief Panel Studies: 2x2, 4x4, 8x8, 3x3

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The signature structure of DNA, the double helix, inspired the variety of free-standing structures and low-relief panels featured in the HX–DNA forms.  Joining 3-D iterations of Henraux’s trademark H and X vertically, undulating stone strands ascend into rich, figurative forms suggestive of DNA spirals.   

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HX:DNA-2x2 Strand, Plaster Based 3-D Printing, (4" x 3-1/2" x 1-1/2") 2012

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HX:DNA - 3x2  Virtual Model from Rhino

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HX:DNA-8x6 Screen, Plaster Based 3-D Printing, (4" x 3" x 1/2") 2012
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HX:DNA - 6x3 Strand, Plaster Based 3-D Printing, (9" x 5" x 1-1/2") 2012
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By merging the H and X letters together, linguistic symbol is transcended; the HX-DNA becomes a bold collective armature onto which the imagination can project forward and beyond.  Carved from marble, the structures emerge from the life of the mountains and their “historical memories.”

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Photographs of installation by Veronica Gaido

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