Ned Smyth

The Next Generation, 2012
Foam and metallic paint

Science Hall, atrium stairwell



A large rock-like monolith, suspended
from the ceiling of the Science Hall’s
four-story atrium staircase, hangs mysteriously over the space.  It is a primal form suggesting geologic time, a history of billions of years. Enclosed in a glass

atrium, the 800-pound sculpture, made from dense foam, is bathed in natural light during the day and is highlighted by the interior lights at night. A second installation made from faceted glass offers microscopic views of biological forms referencing scientific disciplines that are studied in the facility. Ned Smyth has been making large-scale public art since the 1970s.