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NeuroStar

University of Utah, James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building

Salt Lake City, Utah

2011

Description

NeuroStar is an ensemble whose forms are derived from Cliff Garten’s interpretation of the research conducted within the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building at the University of Utah. NeuroStar imagines that the fine-grained scale of scientific research can become geologic in scale - so that faculty and students interact with the structures they research every day as they move through the large atrium where the sculptures hang. The sculptures intend to make the structures of neurosciences and bioengineering physically palpable and to engage, activate, and compliment the architecture of the Sorenson Building. The suite of suspended elements reflects the elegance of scientifically structured space, such as the connection and communication of neurons. The dynamism of the sculptures resides in the illumination of the disbursed NeuroStar by LED lighting at dusk and night and by sunlight during the day. The full spectrum LED lights to conform to the LEED certification for the building, and are programmed to slowly change through subtle hues of color.

Information

INFORMATION

Photo Credit Bob Bauer

Location
The University of Utah, James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, Salt Lake City, UT

Date
2011

Medium
Cast Aluminum and Aluminum Wire

Dimensions
12 Parts that range from 2’ D to 6’ D

Commissioned by
Utah Arts Council

Engineer
Patrell Engineering Group, Inc.

Subcontractor
Metal Arts Foundry

Client Reference 
Jim Glenn, Utah Arts Council

Photography 
Bob Bauer