The Georgia Tech campus is now home to an outdoor sculpture exhibition by various international artists. Engineered Art: An International Sculpture Exhibit at Georgia Tech is comprised of 15 artworks that represent the best of contemporary sculpture by some of its most recognized international artists. Made from a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, cast fiberglass, copper, concrete, wood, and rubber tires, the pieces represent a diversity of styles, themes, and technical approaches characterizing our times.
Installed over the summer, the exhibition includes a soaring 50-foot steel piece titled La Tour by the internationally acclaimed, Chattanooga-based sculptor John Henry, who also is the curator for the exhibition. Henry is known for his large-scale public sculptures. Since the early 1970s, he has produced monumental works of art for museums, cities, and public institutions across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Henry’s style has been described as “huge, welded steel drawings.” He arranges linear and rectilinear elements that appear to defy gravity. Many of his works suggest a snapshot of arrested motion, where flying or tumbling elements are frozen.
As the sculptures were being installed, students stopped to ask Henry questions. “A number of students asked ‘what does it do?,’” said Henry. “That’s an interesting question because people usually ask ‘what is it?’”
The location of each sculpture was chosen to complement Georgia Tech’s lush and open green spaces.
The sculpture exhibition is part of Arts@Tech, an initiative to enhance the Georgia Tech community by fostering programs and events spanning the arts spectrum at the intersection of technological innovation and creative expression. The initiative is an outcome of the Institute’s Strategic Plan.
“There is a pent-up desire by students to engage in the arts as evidenced by our tremendously talented musicians and the participation in the recent Art Crawl and Festival. The arts are expressions of creativity and result from the same design processes that our students follow, whether designing policies or instruments. This exhibit will promote conversation, debate, and appreciation of the creative spirit while making our beautiful campus even more interesting.” said Rafael L. Bras, Georgia Tech provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, who helped bring the exhibit to campus.
The sculpture exhibition is free and open to the public.
Read more about each artist and sculpture below:
- La Tour by John Henry
- Mercury, Mars, Venus by Peter Lundberg
- Squirt by John Clement
- Tic by STRETCH
- Untitled by Terrence Karpowicz
- Renegade by Chakaia Booker
- Crown by Doug Schatz
- Cinch by Adam Garey
- Big Red Tumpkin by Verina Baxter
- Oh'd by Bret Price
- Portal by Albert Paley
- Tux by Isaac Duncan III
- King of Flying by Klaus Albert
- Scetch II by Klaus Duschat
- Cross of Steles by Hartmut Stielow