Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: MIT sculpture (was: thirsty to the answering.)

  1. #1

    MIT sculpture (was: thirsty to the answering.)

    i am a chinese student,i really want to know a very famous sculpture in MIT university.it is huge and black ,must be a modern sculpture.i really want to know what,s name it is and who is the designer ,thank you for your replying.

  2. #2
    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2005
    Location
    in a meeting
    Posts
    8,421
    hi - I know the sculpture you are talking about - you might want to write the MURP program at MIT - someone there should know

    but, you know, the birds in flight sculpture over at Boston University is even better, imho

  3. #3
    ok,but i still can,t find the massage about it .now i have another question,i want to know the taubman fountain in Harvard University,it contains blocks and water ,i really want to have apicture of it ,where cani go?

  4. #4
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Washington DC
    Posts
    32
    You are probably talking about the Great Sail by Alexander Calder, or the Bell Tower on top of the chapel by Theodore Roszac. The chapel was designed by Eero Saarinen, it looks plain from the outside but the lighting on the inside is worth taking a look at. There's a small moat surrounding it that reflects sunlight through windows on the floor. The light shimmers off the interior walls giving a mystical feel to it. Here are a couple of excerpts describing the artists and sculptures:


    Alexander Calder made his name by creating "mobiles," delicately balanced arrays of interconnected hanging metal, in which Calder put engineering principles to work. Calder also "engineered" standing sculpture, and the Great Sail on the campus of MIT, a world-renowned engineering school, is one of them. The Great Sail was built in France, disassembled and shipped in 7 crates, and reassembled in 1966 over a time capsule under Calder's direct supervision. It is 40 feet tall, weighs 33 tons, and is held together with 3000 pounds of nuts and bolts.


    Theodore Roszak: Bell Tower for MIT Chapel , 1952-1955

    Sculptor Theodore Roszak's first major architectural commission - and one of his most significant works - was the bell tower for Eero Saarinen's non-denominational chapel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Roszak's Bell Tower for MIT Chapel (1953-55), perched atop a brick cylinder-shaped building, appears totemic and rocket-like. The 40 preparatory sketches on view in The Dean's Gallery offer many variations that the artist developed on his way to composing the final work - three smooth vertical thrusts rising from the encrusted arches of the base, that symbolizes the history and authority of what the artist believed at the time to be the three major religious persuasions, Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism. The work melds of Roszak's aesthetics with industrial materials and remains an icon of the MIT campus.

    Born in Poland in 1907, acclaimed sculptor, painter, and printmaker Theodore Roszak explored both the intellectual and the aesthetic sides of industrial materials. Roszak first became interested in the arts in high school; he then studied at the Art Institute of Chicago full-time from 1925 to 1926. Influenced by American realist painters, he went to New York in 1926 to study at the National Academy of Design and to attend classes in logic and philosophy at Columbia University. In 1927 he resumed study at the Art Institute of Chicago and began to teach there. His first solo exhibition, consisting of lithographs, was held in 1928 at the Allerton Gallery in Chicago.

    A European travel fellowship (1929-30) provided crucial exposure to Modernism, and in 1931 Roszak began to use industrial tools. His earliest sculptures were in clay and plaster, but from 1932 to 1945 he made constructions in painted wood, metals, and plastic, reflecting utopian Constructivist and Bauhaus ideals. These distinctive freestanding works, ranging in scale from two to nine feet in height, juxtaposed abstract geometric shapes in varied manners. Evoking a strong industrial quality and typically painted in primary colors, Roszak's sculptures from this period integrated Dadaism's machine aesthetic with the clear, precise formal principles of Constructivism.

    By1946 Roszak had become disillusioned with the violent use of technology in war; there was a dramatic shift of his style to expressionist welded, brazed metal sculptures, often of violent subjects. His later work included large drawings, many on cosmological themes. His work can be found in the collections of many museums, including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art (D.C.), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Theodore Roszak died in 1981 at the age of 84.

  5. #5
    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    Posts
    6,136
    Holy Crap!! there is a Taubman Fountain at MIT?? that guy has his name on every college campus in Michigan!
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

  6. #6
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Washington DC
    Posts
    32
    There's no Taubman Fountain at MIT, but there's a Taubman Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government which I believe has a fountain inside.

  7. #7

    appreciat you all

    thank you all.

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Answering interview questions: KISS principle
    Career Development and Advice
    Replies: 5
    Last post: 12 Sep 2009, 11:46 AM
  2. Replies: 10
    Last post: 04 Dec 2007, 10:07 PM
  3. Replies: 7
    Last post: 20 Jul 2006, 4:04 PM
  4. Replies: 5
    Last post: 06 May 2004, 2:29 PM
  5. Architecture as sculpture?
    Design, Space, and Place
    Replies: 1
    Last post: 01 Jul 2000, 4:13 AM