A NEW WORK BY SARAH OPPENHEIMER
Peyton Yates Family Bridge at the Gary L Thomas Energy Engineering Building
New York–based artist Sarah Oppenheimer creates works of art that alter the built environment and shift our frame of spatial reference. Pushing the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, Oppenheimer questions the limits of both mediums, upending our experience of inside and out, and inverting our sense of what is near and far. By reorienting the spaces we inhabit, the artist sets out to reconfigure the way we see and are seen.
With an MFA in painting from Yale University, Oppenheimer operates within the disciplines of mechanical, structural, and behavioral engineering. The artist’s relationship to these fields makes C-010106 ideally situated between two buildings at the Cockrell School of Engineering.
At opposite ends of the footbridge, a pair of diagonal reflective glass plates are sandwiched between a pair of clear glass sheets. At the intersection of the four panes, the glass passes through an incision in the bridge surface. The reflective surfaces within the incision create unexpected views, enabling pedestrians on top of the bridge to see the reflections of those underneath, and vice versa.
A bridge serves as a connector between spaces and people by making travel from one building to another more efficient and direct. By placing glass forms on the north/south and east/west axes of this bridge, Oppenheimer creates a “switch” that interrupts the normal flow of traffic and habitual ways of movement. This alteration invites us to embrace observation and encourages unexpected social interactions. As a result, C-010106 introduces new relationships between people and heightens awareness of the shifting light, sound, and seasons that surround us.
Oppenheimer names each work of art using a system that describes the relationships between the art and its surroundings. The title C-010106 begins with C as shorthand for cinema, which the artist defines as the way an image is perceived as a projection on a flat surface. The remaining numbers indicate additional characteristics such as position, sight lines, and boundaries.
- Date: Ongoing Exhibit
- Venue: Peyton Yates Family Bridge at the Gary L Thomas Energy Engineering Building
- Website: https://landmarks.utexas.edu/artwork/c-010106
- Cost: FREE
- Name: Landmarks
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