Archie Byron (American, 1928–2005)
Sawdust and glue relief, nails, screws, bullets shells, metal beads, pigment on wood
Museum purchase, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection
Archie Byron sculpted this piece from glue mixed with paint and leftover sawdust that had accumulated on the floor of his Atlanta gun shop. A serviceman, business owner, city council member, and sculptor, Byron explored the interconnectedness of humankind through works such as DNA. Snakes with unique human faces form a tangled mandala in Byron’s imaginative rendering of a DNA model. Byron, who was an active leader in his Southeast Atlanta neighborhood, recognized that humans are shaped not only by their DNA but also by the communities and larger environment that surround them.