Cantor installation explores the multiverse

Josiah McElheny's 'Island Universe' on view through August

Artist Josiah McElheny's "Island Universe," currently installed at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, is a metal, glass and light representation of theories of the multiverse, including Stanford physicist Andrei Linde's theory of the "inflationary multiverse," which posits the existence of multiple expanding universes coexisting without a single origin point, according to Stanford News.

The sculpture takes the form of five midcentury modern chandeliers modeled after those of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

McElheny, who's based in New York, worked with Ohio State University professor of astronomy David Weinberg to scientifically calculate the measurements used in the project, which represent the history of time.

Cantor is holding a series of discussions centered around the piece. On March 13 at noon, Cantor director Susan Dackerman will talk with assistant dean and physics professor Peter Michelson. On April 25 at 6 p.m. art professor Nancy Troy will lead a discussion with philosophy professor Thomas Ryckman. On May 30 at 6 p.m., curator Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander will talk with American Studies Program Coordinator Elizabeth Kessler.

"Island Universe" will be on display in Cantor’s Freidenrich Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, through Aug. 18. Admission is free. For more information, go to Cantor Arts Center.

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