Mural for UCSD Biomedical Library
The UCSD Biomedical Library Building in San Diego, California
The Biomedical Library supports the advanced research and instructional needs of UC San Diego's world-renowned scientists, medical researchers, and clinicians and is the largest library of its kind south of Los Angeles and a designated National Library of Medicine Resource Library.
I created four installations for the dedication of the new building in 2006. Shown on this page are four large banners that hang over the main stairwell, printed on 10-foot vertical fabric panels. They show the different body systems active in the process of descending a staircase.
This is a celebration of the beauty within the human body and the complexity of its unfolding details. This complexity can be overwhelming – making it visual makes it more accessible.
Emory University, 2nd Floor
A mural for the 2nd floor of new Emory University Health Sciences Research Building.
The focus is on cutting edge research involving nanotechnology and stem cells for the treatment of Pediatric heart disease. Also research in to personalized cell therapy for Crohn's disease.
Emory University, 3rd Floor
A mural for the 3rd floor of new Emory University Health Sciences Research Building.
Focus is on cutting edge research into signaling pathways and gene expression for the treatment of childhood brain tumors.
Emory University, 4th Floor
A mural for the 4th floor of new Emory University Health Sciences Research Building.
The focus on cutting edge research into small molecule inhibitor of viral RNA synthesisfor the treatment Hepatitis C and HIV viruses.
BIO National Headquarters Mural
BIO (Biotechnology Industry Association) is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies and academic institutions across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO commissioned me to create this mural for their main office lobby in Washington, D.C. It is called “Life Machine: A look inside: an artist’s visualization of the interior of a human cell” The mural visualizes the fact that the cell is a tiny factory of macromolecules essential for all known forms of life.
This image makes obvious the fact that life is three-dimensional even at the tiny level of the cell. The machinery of cell processes turn genes into the proteins that form our bodies. DNA is read, RNA is transcribed and translated, proteins fold and are transported inside and outside the cell. Structure is provided by chains of actin, proteins and mitochondria provide the power. Glycoproteins, carbohydrates and receptors float in the lipids that form the cell exterior and communicate with the outside world.
Founded in 1991, BIOMCOM has developed an effective lobbying presence in both in California and in Washington, and represents the life sciences industry’s nearly 60,000 jobs in San Diego that infuse more than $14 billion into its economy. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, a new facility and also the co-sponsorship of the first BIO national conference located in San Diego, BIOCOM needed to make a statement. They did so successfully with this 16-foot mural I created for their executive boardroom.
The image shows the inner workings of a single cell, showing the unraveling DNA, transcribing the protein within the cell. It is also makes a compelling statement about the rigorous science underpinning the organization’s raison d’etre.