'hand holding a bowl of rice'

2007


wilshire/vermont station

koreatown, los angeles, california

art consultant: merry norris

8200 square foot public art commission on two walls of a mixed-use building and metro station located in Koreatown. Video still captured from footage shot in the area by the artist and translated into oil paint.

The Indian Goddess, Anapurna, provides rice to Shiva, when all the food disappeared from the earth and all living creatures were in danger of perishing. Rice is well known as a symbol of abundance. Rice feeds and is the dietary staple of more than half of the world’s human population (most of Asia and Latin America), making it the most consumed cereal grain.

Rice has the most complex dna of anything on the planet, even greater than our own species. YEP, it is a fact. Draft genomes for the two most common rice cultivars, indica and japonica, were published in April 2002. Rice was chosen as a model organism for the biology of grasses because of its relatively small genome (~430 megabase pairs). As a result, rice was the first plant or animal to have its complete genome mapped. Scientists estimated rice contains 37,544 genes but said that figure will no doubt be revised with further research. Humans, by contrast, have only 20,000 to 25,000 genes.

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