Jim West, 2.C, 2018
Bronze, steel, aluminum and kinetics
19′ (5.79m), Sphere 42″ (106.68 cm), Weight 2500 lbs. (1,133.9809 Kg)
McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation, Science, Technology & Innovation Facility, Pittsburgh, PA
2.C is not an object; it is a question to be pondered. It challenges us to see the world in a very different way. Literally and figuratively, it refers to Albert Einstein. 2.C represents a different way of seeing what we know and offers yet another way to understand our world. It is static but dynamic. It is energy made visible. Where space and time are relative. Where light bends and intersects.
Indigenous pre-literate people once referred to this phenomenon as ‘looking through the fire’…as inhabiting a state of being where one could look beyond the superficial to feel what was not seen.
This sculpture incorporates straight and curved lines in front of a sphere to represent how light and time bend. A third line takes the shape of a spinal cord, which is symbolic of our humanity. 2C moves and changes over time, as do our own perspectives; when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change.