A history of artistic donation. Alchemist – Jaume Plensa
An anonymous donor commissioned work to Jaume Plensa. Here it comes out Alchemist, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Institute and donated to MIT in honor of all the students who helped support the Institute over the years. What a story.
The sculpture, which is located between the center Students and Massachusetts Avenue, is a man of thought a combination of numbers and mathematical functions. The work already become familiar to students, can now be recognized as a permanent landmark on campus.
Alchemist is related to other work by Plensa, Nomade (2010) and El Alma del Ebro (2010), which are made of stainless steel letters of the alphabet randomly arranged, painted white and arranged in the shape of a seated person with your knees up to your chest. However, instead of letters, the work of Plensa for MIT is created by numerical symbols, as a “tribute to all researchers and scientists” who have contributed to scientific knowledge and mathematics.
Jaume Plensa, the famous Catalan sculptor behind Alchemist, has made several similar sculptures. His works Nosotros, Nomad, House of Knowledge, and I, they, he or she all use the same body structure as an alchemist, but are composed of different symbols. Plensa’s sculptures can be found all over the world from Paris to the UK to Japan.
A work full of symbolism and meaning, that should be an inspiration to the viewer. As often it happens, when a work itself becomes a symbol of something, then you can recognize a very high status.
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