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DNA Totem

Year Grant Awarded 2015

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The "DNA Totem" is a 9' high public sculpture. The base & framework armature is made of steel in the shape of a DNA strand. The steel frame is embedded with found objects from Suprina's vast library of unwanted objects and donated objects collected from the community outreach program via the partner organization, The Marcus Garvey Parks Alliance. The objects are attached to the spiral steel frame via an exterior non-toxic epoxy used by the Zoo and Aquarium Industries, and painted with exterior metallic translucent paint to help meld all the objects into one visual. The sculpture is installed in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem N.Y. from Mar. 26-Sept. 30, 2016. The DNA Totem serves as a historical reference to our evolution and the footprint we leave behind. We are the only creatures on Earth that leave behind so much 'stuff'. Our DNA is similar to all other creatures that share our planet. Yet we are the only species that destroys our home here on Earth—is it in our DNA to be so destructive to our own environment?