Ólafur Eliasson: How to build a sphere out of cubes: Texas A&M University, Texas, USA

7 September 2018 

How to Build a Sphere Out of Cubes, 2018, features two open geometric structures, situated at the outer extremes of an elliptical lawn engaging in formal dialogue with one another. Each form is a light structure made of brushed stainless steel. One is a human-sized cube from which a corner has been removed, and the other is a pavilion-scaled stellated polyhedron composed of 60 identical modules.


The cubic sculpture forms the basis for the spherical work, to understand the geometry of the more complex form across the lawn – the triangular mirror that cuts across the cube’s missing corner indicates one side of the module. Within the sphere, identical mirror triangles form one side of each module, providing the link that allows viewers to map the relationship between the two forms. 


The mirrors and the brushed steel surfaces add a living, ephemeral quality to the work through their responsiveness to the dynamic conditions of the light and the surroundings, causing it to appear different depending on the weather and the time of year.