What is it?
Douglas Sigwarth (b. Dubuque, Iowa 1970) and Renee Sigwarth (b. Minneapolis 1970)
180 x 84 x 132 in.
Gifted 2012, James and Karen Hyde Foundation
About the Work
Husband and wife Douglas and Renée Sigwarth have been an artistic team since their college days at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. After graduation, they remained in the area and established their own glass studio. They specialize in patterned, colorful blown glass vessels in a variety of round forms. When these are combined into a sculptural installation, they acquire scale and create a dialogue between form and color that shifts with the ambient light.
Interconnection was commissioned in 2012 for MOWA’s new triangle-shaped building. The number three became the Sigwarths’ guiding principle: Interconnection comprises three columns constructed of multiple levels of three spheres, in three color schemes; the length of each column varies by three levels.
In contrast to the museum’s linear glass and steel architecture, the Sigwarths chose the spherical form to symbolize DNA molecules—genetic material that connects us to ancestors and progeny. The composition of Interconnection mimics strands of the DNA helix and serves as a metaphor for the human connections art can generate. Because the sculpture is surrounded by glass windows, it can be experienced both indoors and outdoors and by day or night, thus transcending the physical space and reflecting not only our connections to one another but to the wider world.