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Pilar Enrich creates DNA sculpture for Cancer Research UK Art installation and auction

ON 29 JUNE 2015, Pilar Enrich’s DNA inspired sculpture was unveiled to the public at Trafalgar Square as part of Cancer Research UK’s campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Francis Crick Institute, a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation due to open in 2016.

The sculpture Creativity For Survival was created by Pilar Enrich based on what’s in her DNA.

Pilar said: “As a child, I became enamoured with shapes and geometry. As an artist I have used a spirograph in the past to symbolize creativity, the results are often unexpected and yet aesthetic. The spirograph also awakened in me a realisation that everything is interlinked…maths, science and art. The question I often ask myself as an artist….is this creation beautiful? The concept of beautiful and ugly has always been a relationship of causation; ugly is what is a nuisance for the continuity of species, beautiful is what helps its continuity. Cancer is UGLY, and we need to make it disappear. I want to participate as I think it takes a group effort to eradicate it.”

Pilar Enrich’s piece is one of 21 inspired double helix sculptures on show across London for the next ten weeks before being auctioned at Christies in September. All the money raised will go towards the £100million that Cancer Research UK has pledged to raise for the Crick.

When it opens in 2016, the Crick will see more than 1,200 scientists coming under one roof to accelerate the rate of progress in tackling the major diseases, such as cancer, facing the global population. It is a visionary collaboration between six of the world’s leading medical research organisations: Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College London, King’s College London and UCL (University College London).

Francis Crick was one of the people to discover the DNA double helix, alongside James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, and based on the work of Rosalind Franklin. It is thought to be one of the most significant discoveries in modern science and has transformed our understanding of the human body and disease. Crick was noted for his intelligence, openness to new ideas and collaborations with scientists working in different fields of expertise which are founding principles for the institute.

The other sculptures have been designed by leading sculptors, artists and designers from across the world, including Zaha Hadid, Orla Kiely, Jane Morgan and twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken.

Andrew Pisker, chairman of Cancer Research UK’s double helix art installation said: “We’re really excited to be launching our DNA inspired London art trail celebrating Francis Crick’s incredible scientific achievement and bringing it to life on the streets of London this summer. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of Cancer Research UK’s involvement in the Crick, and we hope to raise lots of money for the campaign when the sculptures are auctioned off in the autumn.”

For more information on the London art trail, and Cancer Research UK’s campaign to raise money for the Francis Crick Institute, visit


For further information, visit the artist's website or please contact Sam Throssell or Kim Ireland in the Cancer Research UK press office on / 0203 469 8090 or / 0203 469 8586. Out of hours, please call the duty press officer on 07050 264 059.

List of artists/designers and sculpture locations:

1& 2 Ai WeiWei

Christie’s window, 85 Old Brompton Rd, SW7 3LD

Darren Baker Gallery window, 81 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PP (available early July)

3. Andrew Logan - Festival Gardens, St Paul's, EC4M 8AD

4. Aston Martin - Cardinal Place window, 80 Victoria Street, SW1E 5JL (available early July)

5. Ben Shine - St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR (available early July)

6. Chris and Xand van Tulleken - Victoria Station, near WH Smith SW1E 5ND

7. Darren Baker - Trafalgar Square, WC2H 0HE

8. Guy Portelli - Royal Albert Hall, South Steps, SW7 2AP

9. Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar - South Kensington Station,Pelham Street, SW7 2NB

10. Jane Morgan – Coutts window, The Strand,sWC2Ro0QS

11. Leyla Aliyeva - King's Cross Station, near Leon, N1C 4TB

12. Mayor of Westminster - Great George Street, outside No. 10, SW1P 3AE

13. Michael Howells – Top of South Molton Street, Bond Street

14. Nick Gentry - Barbican Centre, Foyer of Cinema 2 & 3, Beech Street, EC2Y 8DS

15. Orla Kiely - Dovehouse Green, King's Road, SW3 5UF

16. Pilar Enrich - Trafalgar Square, WC2H 0HE

17. Ross Brawn - Peter's Hill, St Paul's, EC4V 5EY

18. Ted Baker - Broadwick Street, W1F 9PE

19. Thierry Noir - Duke of York Square, King's Road, SW3 4LY

20. Tim Ashley - Waterloo Station, outside M&S, SE1 8SW

21. Zaha Hadid - Somerset House, WC2R 1LA

About The Francis Crick Institute*

The Francis Crick Institute is a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. It will house 1,200 leading scientists from a variety of disciplines working together under one roof to tackle the biggest health challenges faced by humankind. Dedicated to research excellence, the institute will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease.

Due for completion in late 2015, The Francis Crick Institute is a visionary collaboration between six of the world’s leading medical research organisations: Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), King’s College London and Imperial College London. It will be world-class with a strong national role – training scientists and developing ideas for public good.

*Please refer to the institute as the Francis Crick Institute initially in all copy. It can be referred to as the Crick after the first mention.

About Cancer Research UK

• Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

• Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.

• Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.

• Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.

• Today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.

• Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

• Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Cancer Research UK’s campaign to raise £100m for the Francis Crick Institute

• Cancer Research UK is the only one of the six founding partners raising funds philanthropically to complete its contribution to the overall £650m cost to build the Crick

• In 2012, Cancer Research UK launched the ‘Create the Change’ campaign which aims to raise £100m towards they charity’s contribution. It is our boldest campaign yet, aiming to engage with philanthropists both in the UK and internationally to make transformational donations towards establishing the new institute

• Cancer Research UK has received some extremely generous gifts to date and hopes to inspire even more people to get involved by investing in this building and changing the future of medical research

• In June 2015 Cancer Research UK is launching the public phase of the campaign, encouraging people across the country to support the campaign

• Visit to find out how to get involved

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