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  • Cincinnati, USA
  • Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art
  • 96x96x96 inches Materials Laminate by Formica, colour Black (909-90) in Polished finish, stained medium desity fibreboard

Cirrus was installed five years after the completion of the seminal Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati. Guiding the flow of circulation around the suspended galleries, its striated articulations unravel from the wall to the ground. The resulting series of voids give the sculpture its structure and define niches for sitting, reclining, leaning or lying.

Like the building itself, the work derived from a creative exploration of form, material and method. Technological advances have liberated every aspect of the design process, enabling a radical rethink of the way in which such large-scale installations are conceived and manufactured. The project is an exercise in expanding the performance of a material, rather than limiting its use and expression with restrictive, conventional applications.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Design Team

Melodie Leung and Gerhild Orthacker