UT Landmarks to Unveil New Public Art Commission by Sarah Oppenheimer

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Sarah Oppenheimer will unveil a new public artwork at the University of Texas in the fall of 2021. Here is her 2014 project, “33-D”, presented at Kunsthaus Baselland. Photo credit: Serge Hasenböhler.

Landmarks, the University of Texas public art program, has announced that it will unveil a new commission this fall from artist Sarah Oppenheimer.

The work, titled “C-010106”, will be installed on a walkway between the Gary Thomas Energy Building and the Engineering Education and Research Center, two new buildings at the Cockrell School of Engineering designed by New York firm Ennead Architects with Jacobs .

“We are working with an inventor who questions everything,” said Andrée Bober, founding director and curator of Landmarks. “Oppenheimer takes scientists and engineers on a journey driven by curiosity. I can’t think of a more appropriate place for this work than the Innovation and Discovery Center at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

“C-010106” will have two parallel planes of glass visible from the walkway and below. Sandwiched within each glass plane, another pair of reflective diagonal glass planes are positioned facing the sky and ground to create intimate and unexpected views between the occupants of the walkway and the path below.

Oppenheimer, who was born in Austin in 1972 and is based in New York, declined to release renderings of the project. ‘C-010106’ will be unveiled this fall and was recently announced as the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the NEA.

A recipient of the Prix de Rome Fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Oppenheimer is currently a Senior Critic at Yale University School of Art. Later this year, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College will open the solo exhibition ‘Sarah Oppenheimer: Sensitive Machine’.

“C-010106 is a catalyst: it reconfigures emerging social patterns in the flow of public space,” Oppenheimer said. “I can’t wait to see the piece animated by intimate exchanges crossing and circumventing its contours.

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