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The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, is the permanent home of a 35-foot-tall wooden sculpture called DNA by artist Charles Stagg. Planks of finished wood are neatly stacked on top of one another to form a tower reminiscent of the helical structure of DNA.

Inspiration for the 1600-pound sculpture came to Stagg as he was clearing trees on his family farm in Texas. He has stacked logs into patterns that he calls “unit structures,” and various wooden sculptures populate his property, workshop, and home in the woods.

DNA by Charles S. Stagg on display at the American Visionary Art Museum.

DNA was displayed at the American Visionary Art Museum most recently during the museum’s “High on Life” exhibition, which ran from September 2002 through October 2003.

Images courtesy American Visionary Art Museum. For more about the “High on Life” exhibit click here.

— Kate Ruder

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