Amsterdam, 06-12-2012 This afternoon the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Awards were handed out. This unique Dutch contest brings art, design and life sciences together. Teams of scientists and artists are working with living material in their projects that evoke surprise and questions. This year, three projects were awarded: Living Mirror, Fish Bone Chapel and Ergo Sum.
Fish Bone Chapel
Haseeb Ahmed with the Netherlands Toxigenomics Centre
The Fish Bone Chapel is a hybrid building, existing of fish bones. The vertebrae vaults, scaled walls and beating circulation systems of this architecture are derived from enlarged 3D prints and the skeletal structure of fish exposed to mutagenic toxins. Playfully, the Fish Bone Chapel makes a historical connection with the morbid architecture of the Capuchin Monks who decorated the bones of their brothers to symbolize the transience of life and death.