M A R A H A S E L T I N E
public art installations
SARS Inhibited, 2006
Inspired by nanotechnology and naturally occurring organic forms, Mara G. Haseltine is well known for her startlingly beautiful representations of the world of modern biology.
SARS Inhibited [another view]
This fall, Haseltine completed two monumental outdoor installations. SARS Inhibited, 2006, a thirty-foot wide bronze and stone, site-specific installation created for the central plaza of Biopolis One-North, a new global center for biomedical sciences in Singapore, designed by architect Zaha Hadid. In addition, her 84-foot long, mixed-media sculpture, Waltz of the Polypeptides, 2003, found a permanent home at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the renown international biomedical research and education campus founded in 1884 on Long Island, New York. The lab has flourished under the leadership of chancellor Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the double helix.
Waltz of the Polypeptides, 2003
To create her installations, Haseltine combines scientific data with computer aided fabrication methods, landscape architecture, and ancient fabrication techniques such as blown glass and the lost wax method in bronze.
Haseltine considers her work “figurative” because many of the armatures she uses are accurate data gleaned from electron microscopes and x-ray crystallography. Of particular interest to her as a sculptor, is that function follows form on a macro as well as molecular and sub-molecular level -- each shape created has an intrinsic, pre-described meaning.
An avid environmentalist, Haseltine has just begun a new series of work using concepts such as bio-mimicry working with scientists and inventors to create what she describes as “living sculptures.”
To learn more, visit Mara’s website: http://www.calamara.com