Music of the Elements/Dance of Time
These 3 sculptural components reflect the hope, aspirations,
wonder and the journey that students in Needham experience
during their years of study within the school system.
The pieces combine concepts from science, environmental
technology, philosophy, and nature. The elements of nature
in Music of the Elements/Dance of Time are made visible
through reflective, translucent, and light-emitting-receiving
Infinity of the Mind
consists of an arch of dichroic glass and
stainless steel framed by the atrium window, and a stainless
steel spiral suspended within the atrium, both depicting the
idea of infinity.
The stainless steel spiral illustrates the projection of
numbers into infinity from Athanasius Kircher's
ancient formula for infinity. Can you find the
formula? The carved numbers within the spiral represents
man's attempt to organize a concept that is inconceivable,
...; a term used in astronomy acknowledging the
unknown limits of space.
Imagine the arch emerging from the number matrix spiral
like a tail of a comet. It becomes a form on a deliberate
path, with a finite life (like ours), burning brightly while on
its course. The arched form is also inspired by the arched
window detail on the oldest part of Needham High School,
relating the old with the new.
The Blast-Off Benches
are below the spiral, which allows the
viewer to imagine blasting off into infinity, by looking inside
and up. The shapes of the Blast-Off Benches are inspired by
WR (Wolf-Rayet) 104
, a spiraling star with 100,000 times
more energy than our sun, a metaphor for the energy of
The DNA Rocket
is suspended over the lobby stairway. The
Rocketís tail is a representation of a DNA strand, while still
taking on the image of a rocket flying through space. The
circular form relates the center of our own DNA to the center
of the universe as we understand it and imagine it.
This installation was entirely funded from the generosity of private donors.