Title: Eltanin
Artist: Bathsheba L. Grossman
Location: 33rd & Walnut Streets, NE corner
Installed: 1992
Total cost: approx $7500.00
Everdur (silicon bronze)
overall dimensions 106" x 70" x 70"

Grossman said, "I made 'Eltanin' while a student in the MFA Sculpture program at Penn. It was done very informally: some physics administrators wanted a piece of outdoor art to impress trustees or somebody with, and I was the best mathematical sculptor in the department at that time. So I thought up the design, they gave us about $7500 for materials, and the use of the chemistry department machine shop, and I built it.

"It has the symmetry of a chiralized tetrahedron, which is one of my favorites, and I still think about this piece's four-part construction in my present work. The name is the name of a star: the Dragon's Eye."

Photo and all information on this page courtesy of the artist.

Last update: 22-Jan-97
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