Carsten Nicolai

Poly Stella


Artist:Carsten Nicolai


Size: H:3500 x W:3500 x D:3500 mm

Material: Stainless Steel

Project: Kasumigaseki Building

The shape of the sculpture is a complex polyhedron structure, a forming model for a naturally grown organisation. Although it appears rather manifold, the shape consists of a simple composition that is consists of a number of identical modules. It is thus a striking example of how rather simple elements by means of a high rate of organisation can lead to an extremely complex system.

Rather than applying historical reference and meaning, the sculpture could be understood as a solidified demonstration of an evolutionary process that by the illustration of potentially endless variations envisions a potential for progress and creativity. The surface of the sculpture even makes this more evident ? the smooth, shimmering steel causes a play of reflections that results in constantly changing perspectives. Consequently, the sculpture can be perceived as a fascinating object, whose shape illustrates the principle and variety of life.


Photo by TSAO