Passing through the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s Lincoln Gallery last night, I was drawn to this incredible column of light and text created by artist Jenny Holzer. The Reynolds Center calendar has this to say about the work, titled “For SAAM”:
The sculpture, which is approximately 28 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter, features texts from four of the artist’s series–Truisms, Living (selections), Survival (selections) and Arno–and includes some of her best-known statements. The texts are programmed to swirl and travel around the body of the piece. By varying the height, font, intensity and direction of the scrolling letters, Holzer activates the transparent column and the surrounding space with light that reflects off surfaces in the gallery. It is on display in the museum’s third floor Lincoln Gallery with other contemporary artworks from the permanent collection.
It’s part of the museum’s permanent collection, and you can find more information at the SAAM web site. Smithsonian Magazine has an interview with the artist about the work.