Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s MIRROR is a pair of two painted steel human figures kneeling opposite each other in the central quad of Rice University. While both figures are taken from the same model, each is composed of a distinct set of characters derived from a mix of ancient languages including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Latin, Hindi, and Cyrillic. Within their bases are niche for visitors to enter and look back at the twin figure. At night the figures glow from within, creating a beacon on the campus, amoung the oak trees.
Metalab, provided construction management and installation services and fabricated a custom foundation system that allowed for rapid placement of the sculptures on site.