Arabidopsis Genomic Rug

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Arabidopsis Genomic Rug, Porcelain tile, 2003

David Dahlquist received his BA degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MFA degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. David runs Dahlquist Clayworks, where he designs and fabricates tile, functional ceramics, sculptures, and large-scale architectural commissions. He is included in the Iowa Arts Council's Public Art Artists Roster.

About the artwork: This tile floor is installed in the lobby of the in the Roy J. Carver Co-Laboratory Business Incubator on the Iowa State University Campus, a building dedicated to developing businesses oriented towards the plant sciences. The genomic sequence of Arabidopsis thaliana (wall cress or mouse-ear cress) provides the inspiration for this pattern. While it has little agronomic significance, the small flowering plant is a star in plant biology because of its suitablity for doing research in genetics and molecular biology. The floor links the themes of genetic research, crop farming, and the long-standing interrelationship between humans and plants.

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