Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sculpture Celebrates IMA's 125th Anniversary

A commissioned three-story fluorescent light installation by California artist Robert Irwin (pictured) will be unveiled in October in honor of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 125th anniversary.

Irwin’s abstract sculpture made of fluorescent light and scrim material was designed for the Museum’s main 60-foot atrium Pulliam Great Hall. The commission is funded in part through a gift by Ann M. and Chris Stack.

Irwin’s Light and Space III will transform the experience of entering the Museum’s galleries. A 60x60-foot screen will stretch across three adjacent planes by the main escalators. A series of white floor-to-ceiling scrim panels will bracket five channels of fluorescent light mounted in a grid-like pattern across the wall surfaces. Visitors will be blanketed by a tunnel of light as they move between the three gallery levels of the IMA.

The commission will be unveiled as part of a gala celebration in honor of the IMA’s 125th anniversary on 11 October.

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