: PERCENT FOR ART COMMISSION : AIT, ATHLONE : 2010
Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, 2009-2010
3 sculptures, various dimensions, laser cut stainless steel
I created three large space filling fractal sculptures for the Athlone
Institute of Technology’s new Department of Engineering and
These sculptures are constructed using stainless steel pipes, so
that the work could be built to a significant scale while keeping
the final full weight of the artwork within the limits necessary
for the supporting beams. The design of the interlocking joints
direct the visual appearance of the artwork away from being a simple
mathematical exercise towards that of an engineered construct. The
artworks are distributed in the three entrance foyers / atria.
These are three-dimensional drawings, lines floating in air. After
my initial temporary piece "Sierpinski's
Growth" created for the National Botanic Gardens 2007 Sculpture
in Context Exhibition, I was excited by the opportunity to recreate
this artwork in permanent materials.
This installation allows the viewer to examine the sculpture from
many various angles and from practically within the largest component.
The materials used to construct the artwork allow the viewer to
see right through the work, as it consists mainly of negative space
surrounded by lines. The installation 'grows' across the space and
into the air. This new piece is an extension of my other large-scale
artworks & installations, and is an artistic expression of my
personal preoccupation with fractal mathematics.
This opportunity has been very important to my practice as a sculptor.
I have been challenged and engaged by other site-specific opportunities
in the past, but opportunities such as this providing the freedom
to realise large-scale ideas are few and far between.
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