Your body cannot run without the enzyme ATP-synthase. It manufactures ATP, a molecule that provides energy to cells. And now glass artist Colin Rennie has sculpted this crucial enzyme out of 30 meter-square glass plates.
The Medical Museion in Copenhagen just put Rennie's amazing and bizarre work on display, and it was so heavy they worried that it would actually crash through the floor. So they assembled it in the basement of the museum. Says Thomas Söderqvist, who is the museum's principle investigator:
We have placed it in the basement area to the left of the main entrance - we didn't dare put it on the ground floor because we were afraid the 18th century wooden floor construction would collapse under the 900 kilograms of assembled glass plates. It's lit by a single spotlight which gives the small and dark room a crypt-like ambience, and increases the presence of the sculpture. An object of secular awe.
Below Colin is polishing one of the 30 glass plates measuring 1×1 meter. You can see how the structure of the sculpture is made out of nothing, i.e., holes in the glass plates made by a water jet stream cutter.
Learn more about the exhibit via Biomedicine on Display
Below is a scientific drawing of ATP-synthase.