DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Acquires Dan Graham’s Crazy Spheroid – Two Entrances

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announces the acquisition of Dan Graham’s Crazy Spheroid – Two Entrances. This is the fourth in a series of major acquisitions made possible by the Hamilton R. James Sculpture Park Acquisition Fund in an effort to strengthen the Park’s collection of contemporary sculpture. The fund previously supported the purchase of Antony Gormley’s Reflection II, Rona Pondick’s Otter, and Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Elegantka. The acquisition of Crazy Spheroid – Two Entrances moves deCordova closer to its goal of becoming the leading Sculpture Park in the United States by 2020.


Dan Graham, Crazy Spheroid: Two Entrances, 2009, 2-way mirror glass, stainless steel, 86 5/8” x 221 5/8” x 131 5/8,” Museum Purchase, Hamilton R. James Sculpture Park Acquisition Fund. Installation support provided by The Boeckman Family Foundation.

Crazy Spheroid – Two Entrances is a half-ellipse constructed of two-way mirror glass and steel structural supports. Its interior is unequally divided into two chambers. The reflective pavilion is a combination of sculpture, architecture, and performance art. Door- way sized openings invite participants to enter the structure and to interact and engage with the piece. Viewers are reflected into the work of art—they may observe their own movements and surrounding figures. The surrounding architecture, sky, and landscape are also reflected into the work, creating a complex remixing of light, distorted figures, trees, and buildings. The reflective structure disrupts the viewers’ normal perception and fosters a new relationship between the participant’s body and the outside world. Graham has worked extensively on pavilions for the last 30 years, which have been sited all over the world.

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