Client: UT Southwestern Medical Center
Location: Dallas, TX, United States
Completion date: 2020
UTSW Medical Center Art Program
Alan Simmons and Lindsey Carneal
Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art
MYRIAD connects a place of healing and science to our celestial and molecular selves.
Envisioning a multiplicity of potentials, unfolding in time and space, the data sculpture references collective behavior and spatial intelligence as a major source of inspiration and research. Algorithmic patterns represent interactions between individuals, leading to the emergence of “intelligent” global behavior from nature, particularly biological systems. Combining epic scale with a sense of quiet timelessness, MYRIAD offers a calm yet complex vision for contemplating how our intertwining interactions impact our collective health and well-being.
(5465) 4″ hollow stainless steel spheres, (1304) stainless steel cables, custom hardware, CNC aluminum plates
8’W x 64’L x 35’H
Experienced in developing artwork for health care facilities, Roney Studio approached this commission with a deep consideration of the function of the site as a psychiatric treatment center and the need for the artwork to articulate a sense of peace and tranquility while simultaneously serving to anchor the lobby space with a grand gesture maximizing visual impact.
An optical surface was engaged through the use of mirrored stainless steel, merging the interior and exterior in undulating shadows harnessing sunlight to extend the piece across the architecture.
The durational experience of the artwork was conceived to be uniquely sensitive to the experience of family members and patients. By developing fluid, multilayered visual experiences, interactions between light and form respond to transitory movements, revealing themselves at different proximities and paces. Shifting views reveal organic and ordered states of form to emphasize a kinetic experience physically engaging the viewer as it unfolds in time.
MYRIAD combines Roney Studio's algorithmic, computational design based process with intricate hand-based fabrication. An extensive design phase collaboration provided an iterative process in form finding responsive to the site specific 64' footprint development of the lobby atrium and its mezzanine viewing opportunities.
MYRIAD examines how art and science can work together to contribute to the future of our well being; incorporating advances in technology while maintaining a sense of embodied humanity, contributing to the experience and interactions patients, staff, and family members occurring daily at Clements University Hospital, at the UT Southwestern Medical Center.
MYRIAD was made possible by the generous gift of Barbara Thomas Lemmon in honor of her husband, Mark L. Lemmon, M.D. This celebrated project was made possible with the support and vision of the UTSW art curator, Courtney Crothers and art consultants, Carneal Simmons in Dallas TX.