A tribute to Tony Smith.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the sculpture Gracehoper by Tony Smith at the DIA, StereoNegative is both a tribute to the great sculptor and an installation project designed and produced specifically for the Dlectricity event. StereoNegative extracts the negative space of Gracehoper to create an inhabitable pavilion (at ¾ scale) on the lawn of the DIA.
Made from an aluminum structure sheathed in translucent plastic, the pavilion glows from within at night. To bring the pavilion into dialogue with Gracehoper, a stereoscope is placed between the two structures. Through this viewing device, the two structures collapse with the positive meeting the negative – hence, the title of the project, StereoNegative. Geometric volumes of tetrahedrons and octahedrons derived from the original Gracehoper form are scattered throughout the lawn, inviting the public to sit, lean against, and play with these volumes. The geometric solids also underscore the integrated beauty of geometries – of form and structure – inherent in the sculpture and architecture. The ultimate aim for this project is for the public to pause, engage, and appreciate the rich and historically significant works of art available in Detroit.