Client: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, IA, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $165,000
Convergence is a three-dimensional array of engineering equations cut out of steel ribbons. From a distance, the sculpture will appear to be a series of flowing bands, but as students look closer they will discover a litany of different symbols, letters and equations.
The goal for the sculpture is to create a monument to engineering that abstractly visualizes the process of thinking. Each ribbon depicts a series of equations moving through space akin to a student working through these ideas in their mind. Taken as a whole, the ribbons embody a sense of trajectory and movement as they flow upward and out. The ribbons are individual elements, but they come together to achieve the same visual movement contributing to the idea that disparate fields of engineering or students come together within the school for the same goals.
Powder coated steel, 40’ long x 8’9” wide x 7’5” H