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Place: Northampton

Date: Installed December 2005

Description: A 6m high stainless steel pair of bases with two identical life size marble resin figures.

Notes: A two-part sculpture, which pays tribute to Crick’s reference to the double helix as, a balance between two large numbers, the energy of attraction and repulsion. Two identical life size figures appear to be taking off from 4-metre curved plinths, echoing the shape of the double helix, the balance of energies that bind it, and its function, the formation of life. The pose of the figures in take-off was chosen to convey drama and excitement which is uplifting to look at: “I’ve used the figures in bold, abandoned postures to convey a sense of his optimism and passion and the sheer daring of his work,” says Lucy. The relation of the two forms will alter depending on the viewpoint, drawing the viewer into the wider space at Abington Street, and creating a sense of entrance.

Funded by: The Wilson Foundation

Commissioned by: Northampton Borough Council

Agent: International Art Consultants

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Quotations from a local survey:
‘The steel finish makes it look distinctive and the angles of the strands are really graceful’. ‘I know what it is and I like the idea behind it – Francis Crick deserves a memorial in the town where he grew up. It is very clean looking and seems to symbolise a new beginning.’ Northampton Chronicle and Echo. December 14th 2005.

Leader of Northampton Borough Council Phil Larratt said: " Lucy's work is aesthetically very attractive and we all agreed it would sit very well at the top of Abington Street. She was the public’s favourite and I hope they will be delighted and thrilled to see this beautiful and inspiring piece of art in the very centre of town. It will act as a daily reminder of Francis Crick's amazing life and work."

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