Wellcome Trust – ‘You’

Wellcome Trust – ‘You’

The Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute is one of the premier centre of genomic discovery and understanding in the world. It leads ambitious collaborations across the globe to provide the foundations for further research and transformative healthcare innovation.

Our brief from the client to reflect the overall research programme at Genome Centre now referred to as The Sanger Institute in an abstract form. ‘You’ by Colin Rose was commissioned being 3 Elements read as one in Mirror polished stainless steel.


Mirror polished stainless steel was used to reflect the surroundings and the people passing through the main walk way throughout the day. The three elements make up the world ‘You’ as seen throughout the day in the reflection which holds the key to our DNA.  The work is subtle and yet has a significant meaning to the site.

‘You’ – Three spheres sculpture by Colin Rose for the Wellcome Trust. Size: 2m, 1.5m and 0.8m diameter

Project commissioned on behalf of the Wellcome Trust for the Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge (now referred to The Sanger Institute) by Virginia Grub (Art Contact).


  • Object – Source, select and commission an important work of sculpture by Colin Rose for the Wellcome Trust.
  • Client – Wellcome Trust
  • Sector – Corporate
  • Location – Sanger Institute, Cambridge
  • Status – Completed


  • Consultation
  • Planning
  • Art Selection
  • Commissioning
  • Project Management
  • Art Handling
  • Transportation
  • Installation

“Virginia Grubb has been particularly helpful in assisting our selection of appropriate artists and the commissioning of their work through to instalment.”

David Scott - Project Director Wellcome Trust