Resonance is a site-specific sculpture commissioned for The Frick Chemistry Lab at Princeton University. It was designed to converse with the particulars of the long and narrow sky-lit atrium space. The sculpture consists of six groupings of ovoid shaped forms suspended on stainless steel aircraft cable and attached to the structural steel beams of the building. Built with lightweight industrially powder-coated steel frames and covered in semi-transparent outdoor shade-cloth, the surface of each form allows light to both penetrate and reflect. Rather than create a singular moment within a given region of the building I chose to configure the forms to engage the space completely both horizontally and vertically - in plan and elevation.
The title Resonance might be read in one of two ways. Given that they are not identical units, but rather discrete structures with a kind of kinship, the individual sculptural forms are resonant with each other. As a group they resonate throughout the massive open space; a single form becoming multiplied, the visual effect intensified and prolonged.
The interconnected ovoid semi-transparent forms were in part inspired by models used to represent molecular structures.
Resonance was designed and built in collaboration with South African artist Siemon Allen. The project was coordinated in association with Mark G Anderson Consultants of Washington, DC and installed by the Chicago-based art rigging specialists Methods and Materials.
In collaboration with Siemon Allen
commissioned by Princeton University
Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Photos courtesy Bruce M. White