Jim West, Split Infinity, 2018, Cast Bronze, gold patina, textiles, torso, 110”x79” (279.40cm x 200.66cm), Weight: 950 lbs. (430.91Kg); Legs: 92”x58” (233.68cm x 147.32cm), Weight: 1000 lbs. (453.59Kg), Collection of the Artist, Pittsburgh, PA
Not unlike Einstein himself, this monumental and multi-dimensional sculpture is the physical manifestation of Einstein’s time and space continuum. It is the emotional equivalent to special relativity, where Einstein literally pulls himself through time and space to rediscover who he was. It acknowledges his struggle with loneliness and rejection, but celebrates the triumph of self-awareness over doubt. But, more than celebrating its own liberation from the pull of gravity and inertia, Split Infinity challenges each of us to celebrate our uniqueness, embrace our own reality and, ultimately, to reconsider who we really are.