Elation: in Red
Elation: in Red, 2015, Aluminum
Jason Burgess (American)
Jason Burgess is a Pennsylvania-based artist who met the previous Dean of Engineering, Dr. Eduardo Glandt, in 2014. Burgess cites the environment of the Singh Center as the main inspiration for his creative process. While creating Elation: in Red, he considered not just the building itself, but also the artwork inside and outside it: “The monumental and stark work by Tony Smith, located in the entry plaza outside the main doors, makes a stunning visual comparison to the building’s architecture and provides a grounded strong hold to the minimal yet whimsically structured exterior. I wanted this form, that I was set to design, to contrast the prominent hard straight line of the structures and space complimented in Smith’s work. It became my intention to offer a more organic and compassionate composition.” Burgess also writes that he was inspired by the curved shapes in Jaume Plensa’s Endless III, which is on the Singh Center’s first floor, and Alexander Calder's red sculptures.