Hope For Life Sculpture at the Stowers Institute

Hope for Life is a permanent artwork at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, made by artist Larry Young using Zahner art fabrication. The artwork was completed through close collaboration with A. Zahner Company, whose engineers and fabricators transformed his concept into a larger-than-life sculpture.

Young's concept for the sculpture was based off of a bronze casting which conveys the idea of the human form through an abstracted DNA double helix. After selecting Zahner to fabricate the artwork, Young provided the casting to Zahner engineers. The engineering team at Zahner developed a cloud map of the surface geometry, unfolding the forms and translating them into flat parts. These parts were produced in the Zahner shop using CNC equipment where they were assembled, welded and polished to create a seamless surface. 

The artwork is installed at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri.

The stainless steel artwork rises 32' and sits on a base of the same material.
The stainless steel artwork rises 32' and sits on a base of the same material.
Hope for Life at the Stowers Institute.
Hope for Life at the Stowers Institute.
A human figure stands for scale at the base of the sculpture.
A human figure stands for scale at the base of the sculpture.
Detail of the Hope for Life sculpture in Kansas City.
Detail of the Hope for Life sculpture in Kansas City.