THUWAL, SAUDI ARABIA
Carsten Höller’s Spheres are informed by the legacy of 1940’s scientist and philosopher Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, who sought to make the most efficient shape out of the least material. Fuller’s legacy is enduring: the sphere is at once the stuff of sci-fi fantasy as well as of the familiar, reminiscent of everyday objects such as soccer balls.
Carsten Höller first presented the Sphere project in Basel’s Museum for Contemporary Art in 1998. He has redeveloped the concept in white brass for the King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST) International Art Program. Three spheres, each 2.2m in diameter, are positioned at the north entry spine of the university campus. The spheres are based upon a human scale, designed to be entered through the large, round openings.