Lysozyme is the name given to the antibacterial activity discovered by Alexander Fleming around the turn of the last century. It is also one of the first proteins and the very first enzyme to have its three dimensional structure elucidated in the 60s through painstaking X-ray crystallography work by David Phillips. The enzyme is now materialized in Mike Tika’s sculpture. The coordinates of the structure gave shape to the 3D model, then printed in plastic and remodeled and casted in bronze. Biology and art, old and new technologies merge into the work of an artist that has found his creative inspiration in the scientific and technology knowledge acquired with a background in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Mike Tyka, Tears, lysozyme with carbohydrate, 2015
Cast bronze, Cast Glass, Wood – 20″x10″x12″, photo via