Alyson Shotz: 2019 Permanent Lobby Commission
In March 2019, we were delighted to unveil All Equations Are Wave Equations, the long-anticipated installation in the museum lobby by Brooklyn artist Alyson Shotz.
The sculpture, inspired by and created specifically for our innovative space, takes advantage of the lobby’s immense natural light, soaring ceiling, and contemporary aesthetic. The appearance of the sculpture shifts constantly in relation to the position of the sun and the changing seasons.
“The Acquisitions Committee was enamored with the alluring quality of Alyson’s work and felt the dynamic nature of her proposal would be the perfect complement to the grandeur of the lobby: beautiful, welcoming, always changing,” said Executive Director Virginia Anne Sharber.
The sculpture took three years from conception to completion and weighs approximately 2,500 pounds. The work arrived in Chattanooga on February 11, 2019 in eleven different sections on two separate 18-wheel trucks. It took a team of four installers from Chicago, Alyson and her assistant, the fabricator, and our entire curatorial staff two full weeks to assemble the 470 aluminum piece skeleton, affix the 4,565 plexiglass pieces, and then raise the two sculptures in place.
Already, the sculpture is making waves.
ABOVE IMAGE: Alyson Shotz [b. 1964] All Equations Are Wave Equations, 2018-2019, welded aluminum and acrylic with laminated diachronic film on all sides, Museum commission, 2019.5