The work of art "Gestures of the Elements" featured at USI

“Gestures of the Elements”, presented by (from left to right) USI Rector Boas Erez, USI Prof. Peter Seele, and the artist Rudolf zur Lippe.
“Gestures of the Elements”, presented by (from left to right) USI Rector Boas Erez, USI Prof. Peter Seele, and the artist Rudolf zur Lippe.
Prof. Peter Seele holds a Business Ethics lecture, starting from the elements of Rudolf zur Lippe's artwork.
Prof. Peter Seele holds a Business Ethics lecture, starting from the elements of Rudolf zur Lippe's artwork.
A detail of the artwork
A detail of the artwork "Gestures of the Elements".

Institutional Communication Service

18 September 2017

For the next three weeks, thanks to Prof. Peter Seele, USI will host on its Lugano campus the work of art “Gestures of the Elements” by renowned German artist and philosopher Rudolf zur Lippe. The installation was presented by the Rector of USI, Boas Erez, at the inaugural event for the new academic year 2017-2018 on September 15.

The 30-metre long paper roll, which symbolizes the movement of the elements, was originally created for the hall of the Harpa, in Reykjavik. The work of art on display at USI is a reduced version, which can be seen in the hall of the Aula magna during the next three weeks.

"The energy and movement present in the work are comparable to the swirling of a flock of birds in flight. Movements that swirl among themselves, like the pearls of air in the water that begins to boil”, says the author of the work, pointing out how it belongs to places "where the great upward thrust can remain the same", like at USI.

USI Rector Boas Erez is pleased to host this work of art on the Lugano campus, especially because it "effectively illustrates movement, a theme that is very difficult to portray. This is a challenge we often face, as a University, when we try to explain the many activities and initiatives that we offer.” Prof. Erez concludes, "This initiative underscores the role of USI in the regional context as a place of culture, not just of science and teaching."

The hall of the USI Aula magna is open to the public for the next three weeks, everyTuesday to Saturday, 2pm to 5pm. Free admittance.

A few images are avaible for free download here: www.copyrightfree.ch

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