Façade printed in a building of a new center of excellence for Biomedical and Environmental Science and Technology
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Toughglaze UK Ltd
The UTC building is a new center of excellence for Biomedical and Environmental Science and Technology and has the purpose of training young scientists. The artwork aims to reflect this function and the way that images are used in visual communication for scientific study. Following meetings with scientists working at the MRC (Medical Research Council) two viruses were selected because of their connections with Cambridge; the Influenza Virus which was discovered in 1933 by Sir John Skehel at the MRC and the Human Papilloma Virus, Professor Margaret Stanley, Professor of Epithelial Biology, Department of Pathology University of Cambridge, won the OBE in 2004 for services to Virology.
The artwork uses diagrammatic images of these two viruses, developing a visual representation that has the correct structural components yet is also a drawing of the imagination, of something that is not really seen. There is a paradox of the images of viruses being visually beautiful, with their simple geometry whilst at the same time being unpleasant and dangerous. The drawings on the facade and glazing magnify the microscopic, and smaller, making use of repetition to reflect the processes of scientific research.
The zig-zag glazing uses drawn images of the same two viruses, this time the drawings are more detailed and are printed on glass using ceramic inks.
The word of inspiration from Toughglaze UK Ltd
״ Toughglaze and Dip-Tech formed a relationship since 2011 and have completed many projects using this advanced technology. The continuous improvements offered by Dip-Tech allow Toughglaze UK to lead the way with the latest advanced printing technology offering our clients cleared and more defined image applications as well as a wider variety of colors. Toughglaze are continuing to bring this product to the forefront as part of our decorative range.״
Nastazia Metaxa, Digital Printing & Development Manager