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Image Andreas Schmidt
Location: Talking Points, ground floor Wellcome Wing (no longer on display)
Eternal Spring II (Sunflowers) presents a vase of sunflowers, immersed in liquid. The flowers have a hyper-real quality - although they appear to be freshly cut, they are in fact artificially preserved in frozen liquid silicone and will remain in perfect bloom forever. The work explores questions raised by recent advances in genetic engineering such as: 'What is natural?' and 'What is perfect?'
British artist Marc Quinn (born 1964) has created a diverse body of work with a particular focus on the concepts of identity, mortality and the longevity of life. He is well known for his early works such as Self (1991), in which his blood was used to 'cast' his own head and frozen.
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