Quantum Sculpture: Art Inspired by the Deeper Nature of Reality - PDF Document

Angel of the West
representing the structure of an antibody

Julian Voss-Andreae
sculptor and physicist

A wave-particle duality runs through Julian Voss-Andreae’s life. He was a budding painter before opting for a graduate program in physics at the University of Vienna in Austria. But before long, Voss-Andreae’s artistic nature reasserted itself. Since graduating from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, Voss-Andreae has focused on abstract sculptures of haemoglobin and other proteins. “My interest is really nature,” he says. “One way to explore it is through science. Another is through intuitive sense and a search for metaphors.”

His recent 2.5-metre sculpture Quantum Man is made of 115 thin steel slabs connected and spaced apart by 1000 short steel rods. Seen from the front, the figure looks dark and solid. But from the side the quantum walker nearly disappears, as light shines through the spaces between the slabs. “It shows that when you look at things from a different perspective, they can look extremely different,” says Anton Zeilinger, a physicist at the University of Vienna and Voss-Andreae’s former group leader. “That’s part of the quantum message.”

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This material formed part of the SCIENAR exhibition organized by Gheorghe Samoilă and Dragoş Gheorghiu and hosted by ITC and UNA in Bucharest in May-June 2010.

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