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Unveiling of the Iconic Wall – May 8, 2015

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University is pleased to announce the unveiling of a significant artwork titled The Iconic Wall on Friday, May 8th beginning at 4 pm. This is a site-specific permanent installation of stone carvings illustrating equations in math and physics. An art exhibition titled The Iconic Wall: Milestones in Math and Physics also opens on the same date. The dedication, reception and talks are free and open to the public.

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University is pleased to announce the unveiling of a large-scale commissioned artwork titled The Iconic Wall. Installed in the lobby of the Simons Center, the beautiful carved wall depicts carvings of equations in math and physics. The work is an impressive 279″ x 240″ x 2″ in size, filling a wall 465 square feet in area. In celebration of this significant work the Simons Center Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled The Iconic Wall: Milestones in Math and Physics, co-curated by Lorraine Walsh, Art Director and Curator, Simons Center and Christian White. Both the unveiling and exhibition opening will take place on Friday, May 8th beginning at 4 pm.

The original concept of The Iconic Wall was proposed by Dr. Nina Douglas in 2010. The project was further developed by Dr. Douglas and Stony Brook Professor Anthony Phillips. Their design was then adapted by the artist Christian White for hand carving in limestone. The entire wall was carved in sixty-nine slabs of Indiana limestone by Mr. White and three other stone carvers. For the logistics of a permanent installation in the Simons Center, a rubber mold was made of each limestone slab and handmade lightweight casts of the individual slabs were created with cast stone. The carving and casting took a little over two years, and these casts will be installed in the Simons Center lobby.

In conjunction with the unveiling of The Iconic Wall, The Simons Center Gallery exhibits The Iconic Wall: Milestones in Math and Physics. The exhibition will feature a historical timeline detailing the equations and physical diagrams on The Iconic Wall. Also showcased will be how the wall was made with videos explaining the carvings. Additionally, some of the original carved Indiana limestone will be on view.

Click here for a map of Stony Brook University’s campus with directions to the SCGP Gallery

[box, type=”download”]Watch the Video. Dedication by John Morgan, President Samuel L. Stanley, and Jim Simons.
Watch the Video. Technical Talks by Dr. Nina Douglas, Anthony Phillips, and Christian White.
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