Mining Industries: Downtown Boston

  • Norwood Viviano, Mining Industries: Downtown Boston, 2015, glass and steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund and the Decorative Arts and Crafts Endowment and gift of Ms. Pace Barnes, 2017.28, © 2015, Norwood Viviano

Exhibition Label

In his Mining Industries series, Viviano uses high-resolution maps to render digital models of contemporary urban areas. He then prints these models with a 3-D printer and casts the patterns in glass, overlaying the resulting cityscapes onto historical maps and supporting them with fabricated steel. By revealing the transformation of each city over time, Viviano's artworks tell larger stories about the effects of urbanization and industry on our fragile communities. At the same time, the artist offers a reflection on the nature of the data itself, which sometimes conceals as much as it reveals.

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Title
Mining Industries: Downtown Boston
Artist
Date
2015
Location
Dimensions
39 1/2 × 13 3/8 × 16 in. (100.3 × 34.0 × 40.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund and the Decorative Arts and Crafts Endowment and gift of Ms. Pace Barnes

Mediums Description
glass and steel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – written matter – map
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – skyscraper
  • Cityscape – Massachusetts – Boston
Object Number
2017.28
Palette
Linked Open Data
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