On view from 16 April 2016
Antony Gormley has been awarded MIT’s Percent-for-Art commission. For this, the artist will create a new, permanent site-specific work titled CHORD (2016), a spiral sculpture connecting the floor to the skylight in the staircase of Building 2, which houses the University’s Departments of Mathematics and Chemistry.
CHORD is to be composed of over 900 square stainless steel rods welded together and joined by nodes and 541 polished stainless steel balls, each 60 mm in diameter. The sculpture plays on the geometry of the staircase and the movement of living bodies, the facets of the work interacting with the light to shift in appearance with the differing conditions of day and night.
Upon his selection for the commission, Gormley said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a physical manifestation of geometry for the staircase of the Mathematics Department at MIT. This is a helical polyhedral column, an unsteady tower of space-frames made from duplex stainless-steel rods and large stainless-steel ball bearings welded together to link floor to roof. It is an engineering challenge, the outcome of which will, I hope, act as a spatial catalyst for both the space of the stairwell and a focus for people using the stairs."
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Antony Gormley: CHORD
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