Postgenomic Stelae
Parametric design and fabrication

The cairn –– an ancient, monolithic stela typology –– is reshaped for the postgenomic era through crypto-architectonic parametrics.  

(1) The elemental shell form of an egg –– a parametrically flexible ovoid with radius [r] and height [h] –– serves as a base shape.  

(2) The egg is partitioned vertically into strips [u], and a helical spiral [v] horizontally circumscribes it.  

(3) These curves divide the surface of the egg into distinct subsurfaces [uv].  

(4) The opening sequence for the protein coding CRH gene, which regulates the production and release of corticotropin –– a hormone closely associated with emotions of grief and mourning –– is transposed onto the egg’s quadrilateral subdivisions.  

(5) A sine wave transforms the surface of each subdivision (in direction [w] along both the [u] and the [v] axes) at varying amplitudes per each genetic nucleobase [A], [T], [G], or [C], to produce a series of seemingly esoteric convex and concave dimples.  

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Parametric variables induce diverse specificity. This generative process produces a series of mysterious stone figures evoking a wide range of animate and progenitive associations: eggs, sea urchins, cacti, microbial organisms…static embodiments of life.