Spheres by Carsten Höller at KAUST

23 March, 2010

PROJECT KAUST International Art Program
LOCATION King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ARTIST Carsten Höller
ARTWORK Spheres
ENGINEERS Robert Bird Group Engineers
LIGHTING Norman Disney & Young
ART MANAGEMENT Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2009

One of 15 international artists selected for the KAUST International Art Program, Carsten Höller has presented a series of large scale Spheres in white brass. Three spheres, each 2.2m in diameter, are positioned in the north entry spine of the university campus. The spheres are based upon a human scale, designed to be entered through the large, round openings.

Carsten Höller first presented the Sphere project in Basel’s Museum for Contemporary Art in 1998. The spheres are informed by the legacy of 1940s scientist and philosopher Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, who sought to make the most efficient shape out of the least material. Fuller’s legacy is enduring: the sphere is at once the stuff of sci-fi fantasy as well as of the familiar, reminiscent of everyday objects such as soccer balls.

In the context of the KAUST campus, the Spheres speak of the importance of science and technology and the capacity to imagine and be innovative, a core mission of KAUST.


Complex mathematical modelling was required for the construction of Höller’s Spheres. UAP was recognised as Autodesk Inventor of the month in July 2009 for work on the KAUST International Art Program and similar public art projects.

One Response to “Spheres by Carsten Höller at KAUST”

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