Beverly Pepper’s monumental sculpture, Ptolemy’s Wedge, was commissioned by the Library Board of the City of Minneapolis and the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota for the new Minneapolis Central Library. Installed in 2007, Ptolemy’s Wedge complements the Cesar Pelli-designed Central Library’s Nicollet Mall main library entrance plaza by signifying it as the gateway of this important civic institution. Made of steel with a soft, oxidized reddish brown surface, the sculpture weighs 6200 pounds and is engineered to withstand winds of up to 100 mph.
In describing her sculpture, Pepper has said:
“It was my intention to create a dynamic sculptural experience through the visual integration of the building’s principal character-defining elements: the massive roof blade and the main entry’s wedge-like tilting glass curtain wall, with the wedge and blade forms of the sculpture. The sculpture’s upper wedge exists in a state of contingent balance with these character-defining architectural elements—I always search for a balance between the timeless, the eternal, and the new, Ptolemy’s Wedge finds its own clear way into this balance.”
Photo credit: Brad Daniels