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Sculpture by Spanish artist Plensa to be installed on campus

Alumnus is lending the work to MIT for one year in celebration of the Institute’s 150th anniversary.
A photo simulation of the Jaume Plensa sculpture, which will soon be installed in the area between Massachusetts Avenue and W20.
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A photo simulation of the Jaume Plensa sculpture, which will soon be installed in the area between Massachusetts Avenue and W20.
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Image: Adam Serafin/MIT Facilities

A major sculptural work by Spanish contemporary artist Jaume Plensa will be installed next month in the grassy area between Massachusetts Avenue and Building W20, the Stratton Student Center. An alumnus has underwritten the work and is lending it to MIT for one year in celebration of the Institute’s 150th anniversary.

The sculpture is titled Alchemist and consists of mathematical symbols in the shape of a human form. It was commissioned specifically for the sesquicentennial celebration.

Plensa is known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park, in which digital images of Chicago residents are projected on two 50-foot towers.

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