A friend and I were making images in and around MIT last month when we spotted a sculpture of a man made all from symbols. It was the Alchemist (see below). As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with this.
Alchemist is related to Jauma Plensa’s other works, Nomade (2010) and El Alma Del Ebro (2010), which are made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters of the alphabet, painted white and arranged in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest. However, in the place of letters of the alphabet, Plensa’s work for MIT is created from numeric symbols, as an “homage to all the researchers and scientists“ that have contributed to scientific and mathematical knowledge.
Adapted from: https://listart.mit.edu/public-art-map/alchemist
While this looks like it may have been created by Dr. Suess, it was actually designed by architect Frank Gehry. It is the Strata Center at MIT. I’d never heard of it or seen it until six months ago. Just after Christmas, a friend and I saw a slide show of Boston sites and there were images of the Strata Center included. We knew we had to find it.
“I love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino
The pillars around the doors to this building at MIT were rather striking. The featured image was made as a city bus passed by and created these rather dramatic light rails. The other image shows the entrance without the bus.
A friend and I went to Cambridge the other evening and made some photos around the MIT campus and Central Square. This is looking across the Charles River at Boston’s Back Bay section.