The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Neural Climber is inspired by an interpretation of the visionary architecture of Piranesi’s Carceri as a metaphor for the boundless interconnected complexity of the human mind. In his work, light and dark contest space in a drama which implies a grand edifice much greater than that which is visible.  The mind is a precision instrument which operates in an expanse beyond comprehension; by episodic experiences ranging from scientific analysis to dreams we can only infer that it is large and powerful.  The Neural Climber expresses these realities with glass and light.  By varying opacity, glass emerges as a device which clarifies, reflects, and obscures.