London … what’s in Cancer Research UK’s first London art trail?

There are twenty-one giant sculptures presently (Summer 2015) dotted around central London that look like fusilli pasta twirls. Far from celebrating Italian cuisine, these sculptures are actually inspired by the double helix formation of DNA and make up Cancer Research UK’s first ever art trail entitled “What’s in your DNA?”.

These unique sculptures decorated by world renowned artists, designers and figures representing key sponsors will remain in their landmark locations until September. They will then be auctioned off at Christie’s to raise money for the new Francis Crick Institute near King’s Cross. This institute named after the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, will become a world class research centre into Cancer when it opens in 2016.

More information on the trail, the auction, the Francis Crick Institute and how to donate to Cancer Research can be found at the official Cancer Research UK website here.

In the meantime here are images of all those fabulous sculptures (with the occasional quip).

Enjoy. TLT x


 

Mayoral Helix by the Mayor of Westminster

Great George Street

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Mayoral Helix, Mayor of Westminster, Great George Street

No prizes for guessing where this helix sculpture is

No prizes for guessing where this helix sculpture is


 

Life by Darren Baker

Trafalgar Square

The difference between a helix and a column

The difference between a helix and a column

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Life Darren Baker, Trafalgar Square, close up with Nelson's Column

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Life Darren Baker, Trafalgar Square, close up with National Gallery


 

The Journey by Guy Portelli

Royal Albert Hall South Steps

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, The Journey, Guy Portelli, Royal Albert Hall South Steps, landscape


 

Orange Tree by Leyla Aliyeva

King’s Cross Station

Orange is the new DNA

Orange is the new DNA


 

Colours Through Speed by Ian Callum

South Kensington Station

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Colours Through Speed, ian Callum, Jaguar, South Kensington Station Pelham Street, with station

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Colours Through Speed, ian Callum, Jaguar, South Kensington Station Pelham Street, detail with taxi


 

Enigma by Jane Morgan

Coutts window, The Strand

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Enigma, Jane Morgan, Coutts The Strand, close up looking down


 

Double Dutch Delft Blue DNA by Chris & Xand van Tulleken

Victoria Station

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Double Dutch Delft Blue DNA, Chris and Xand van Tulleken, Victoria Station

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Double Dutch Delft Blue DNA, Chris and Xand van Tulleken, Victoria Station, detail


 

After the Race by Ross Brawn

Peter’s Hill, St Paul’s Cathedral

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, After the Race, Ross Brawn, Peter's Hill St Paul's, with St Paul's cathedral

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, After the Race, Ross Brawn, Peter's Hill St Paul's, Tate Modern


 

Ascension – Twisted Ladder in Wood by Benjamin Shine

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

I doubt the Renaissance Hotel has seen anything as beautiful, as elegant and as thought-provoking as this since The Spice Girls filmed Wannabe here in 1996

I doubt the Renaissance Hotel has seen anything as beautiful, as elegant and as thought-provoking as this since The Spice Girls filmed Wannabe here in 1996

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Ascension - Twisted Ladder in Wood, Benjamin Shine, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Euston Road, looking up through


 

Untitled 1 by Ai Waiwai

Christie’s window, 85 Old Brompton Road

The first of two helix sculptures by the critically acclaimed artist

The first of two helix sculptures by the critically acclaimed artist

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Untitled 1, Ai Weiwei, Christie's window 85 Old Brompton Road, window side

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Untitled 1, Ai Weiwei, Christie's window 85 Old Brompton Road, close up


 

Untitled 2 by Ai Waiwai

Darren Baker Gallery window, 81 Charlotte Street

I suddenly have visions of (and desires for) huge chocolate fountains

I suddenly have visions of (and desires for) huge chocolate fountains

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Untitled 2 Ai Weiwei, Darren Baker Gallery window 81 Charlotte Street


 

Growing Stem by Orla Kiely

Dovehouse Green, King’s Road

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Growing Stem, Orla Kiely, Dovehouse Green King's Road, with tree

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Growing Stem, Orla Kiely, Dovehouse Green King's Road, with shadow

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Growing Stem, Orla Kiely, Dovehouse Green King's Road, detail with Orla Kiely shop in background


 

Silver by Michael Howells

South Molton Street

Silver and Rain Water

Silver and Rain Water

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Silver Michael Howells, South Molton Street Bond Street (1)

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Silver Michael Howells, South Molton Street Bond Street, detail with rain


 

Creativity for Survival by Pilar Enrich

Trafalgar Square

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Creativity for Survival, Pilar Enrich, Trafalgar Square, close up with St Martin in the Fields


 

Helix by Zaha Hadid

Stamp Staircase Basement, South Wing, Somerset House

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Helix, Zaha Hadid, Stamp staircase basement South Wing Somerset House, middle looking up


 

Soul by Aston Martin

80 Victoria Street window

Between heaven and helix: Aston Martin's 'Soul' helix sculpture with the bell tower of Westminster Cathedral (top right) photobombing the shot

Between heaven and helix: Aston Martin’s ‘Soul’ helix sculpture with the bell tower of Westminster Cathedral (top right) photobombing the shot


 

Chromo by Tim Ashley

Waterloo Station

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Chromo Tim Ashley, Waterloo Station

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Chromo Tim Ashley, Waterloo Station, sideways


 

Double Helix Noir by Thierry Noir

Duke of York Square, King’s Road

London Cancer Research UK's London Art DNA Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Double Helix Noir, Thierry Noir, Duke of York Square King's Road


 

Ted’s Helix of Haberdashery by Ted Baker

Broadwick Street

Damaged DNA: It looks like poor Kitty was in a fight with another cat over that mouse ... and lost

Damaged DNA: It looks like poor Kitty was in a fight with another cat over that mouse … and lost


 

Bios by Nick Gentry

Barbican Centre, Foyer of Cinema 2 & 3, Beech Street

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Bios, Nick Gentry, Barbican Centre Foyer of Cinema 2 & 3 Beech Street


 

Birth of the Universe by Andrew Logan

Festival Gardens, St Paul’s Cathedral

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Birth of the Universe, Andrew Logan, Festival Gardens St Paul's

London Cancer Research UK's London Art Trail 2015 What's in your DNA, Birth of the Universe, Andrew Logan, Festival Gardens St Paul's, top close up with St Paul's Cathedral


TLT x

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1 Response to London … what’s in Cancer Research UK’s first London art trail?

  1. Superb photos! Great to see all these sculptures in their locations around London. The photos of my ‘Twisted Ladder’ are brilliant – thank you for publishing and helping to raise awareness for this great cause.

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