Artist Steve Roden employs the architecture of language in the construction of a sculpture being unveiled at Girard College in Philadelphia this week. The work is a great example of how Roden is always looking for new constraints the way an entrepreneur looks for business opportunities.
Girard’s will apparently stipulates that nothing not mentioned in it can be added to the building. The exact phasing is “nothing but what is therein contained.” So Roden took not just Girard at his word, but that very comment: he “took the phrase and translated it into numbers based on the alphabetical sequence of the letters, and then cut pieces of wood accordingly.”
Here are the letters in wood form:
And here, in situ, is the resulting sculpture:
More details, including other sonic aspects, at the original post at Roden’s inbetweennoise.blogspot.com blog.