Art and Science | Antony Gormley

  • <p>Sculpture made of thirty-three stainless steel polyhedrons reaching from the floor of the Simons Building to the skylight four stories above</p>

Art And Science | Antony Gormley

Chord, 2016
905 stainless steel elements of varying section sizes and 541 stainless steel balls
Sculpture
1706 x 321 x 341 cm
Commissioned with MIT Percent-for-Art Funds

Chord, situated at the intersection of the Mathematics and Chemistry departments, is one of sculptor Antony Gormley’s “cellular polyhedral sculptures”. Its design takes inspiration from naturally occurring geometric shapes that have applications across science and mathematics. What comes to mind as you look at this work? Is it reminiscent of anything that you have seen before in nature?

Not only is the piece’s design inspired by science and mathematics in its design, but its construction is also a result of precise calculation. It may not look like it, but this delicate structure is built from 1,700 pounds of stainless steel and was designed to be able to support a climber. But we ask that you please, take the stairs instead!

Building Number: 2
Accession Number: PFA.2016.001