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WELL KNOWN: "Digital DNA," by Adriana Vallera and Nilton Maltz.
Everyone knows this piece even if they don't know its name. It's the giant egg! This project was initially approved around 2000, but several delays pushed its unveiling back, even after the piece itself was finished. Then a warehouse fire destroyed the original, and the artist team had to start from scratch on a new egg. It was finally placed in 2005. Comprised of many pieces of computer circuit boards -- and intended to reflect on how technology can bridge language and culture -- the piece has taken a beating from the sun and rain. It was recently refurbished, but the art commission and city are considering moving "Digital DNA" somewhere where it faces less punishment from the elements. Photo by Marianne McKissock.