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Plensa's Alchemist installed on campus

Alumnus has loaned the work to MIT for one year in celebration of the Institute’s 150th anniversary.
Alchemist, a sculpture by Jaume Plensa, is lit up at night.
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Alchemist, a sculpture by Jaume Plensa, is lit up at night.
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Photo: Patrick Gillooly

Installation of Alchemist — a major sculptural work by Spanish contemporary artist Jaume Plensa that is on loan to MIT for one year in celebration of the Institute’s 150th anniversary — has been completed and the artwork now sits in the grassy area between Massachusetts Avenue and the Stratton Student Center.

The sculpture consists of mathematical symbols in the shape of a human form. It was commissioned specifically for the sesquicentennial celebration; an alumnus has underwritten the work.


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