Big Balls

The architecture and arts building at my school has a new installation of art every week done by undergrad students. It’s fun to duck in every once in a while to observe the interesting concepts or off-the-mark disasters that these resolutely postmodern kids have cooked up.
This is a walk-in art installation by Ryan Paxton that impressed me with its ambitious vision. The view of the sculpture is obscured by a giant pillar that both encloses the tiny space and makes it seem like an enormous temple. The pillar doubles as a giant light source that gives the room an eerie, florescent glow. The sculpture itself makes Paxton’s inclination to the mathematical very clear. Its floating forms aren’t as compelling as imagining the artist attempting to install the piece. I could still smell the paint on the orbs.


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