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Working primarily in bronze, the sculptor Larry Young has created art inspired in part by DNA’s double helix. Here are three examples, Infinitude, Genome, and Hope for Life.

To create Genome, a sculpture the artist says celebrates the mapping of the human genome, Young twisted a double helix around a simplified human form.

In the late 1990s he created Hope for Life for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City. This sculpture recalls his earlier renderings but on a much larger scale, reaching more than 31 feet in height.

Hope for Life. Stainless Steel. 32'x10.5'x10.5'.

(Left) Genome. Bronze. 26"x8"x8".
(Right) Infinitude. Bronze on granite base. 9'x3'x2.5'.

Young’s education in metal working began in the early 1960s at a U.S. Naval metal foundry. His studies continued at Columbia College in Missouri and were followed by two years of bronze and marble sculpture postgraduate work in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Young lives in Columbia, Missouri, and is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the 50k race walk, winning at the 1968 and 1972 games.

All images courtesy Larry Young. To see more works visit


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