Binary Project

For Chicago Public Art Group

Gallery 37, DeVry Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Cast bronze, steel

11' x 6' x 6'

2003

The DeVry Binary project was a collaboration with artist Nichole Beck that included an eight-week workshop set in downtown Chicago under the Gallery 37 tent. Teenage participants from all over the Chicagoland area participated as paid apprentices. They were asked for their interpretations of what “technology” has been, is now, and will be in the future. Those ideas were sketched, critiqued, produced in wax, then cast in bronze to be incorporated into the larger sculpture. The low relief bronze pieces were in the shape of zeros and ones: the binary system that computers are run on. As the viewer moves around the sculpture the bronze zeros and ones gradually align into a large zero from one side and a large one from the other.