The Student Life: Sandeep Mukherjee wins art commission for permanent installation at SoFi Stadium

Posted On: Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | by project88pressadmin

Pomona art professor Sandeep Mukherjee blends color and motion in permanent SoFi Stadium installation

By Kate Jones

A college professor sits in front of a wall displaying large teal, blue and purple aluminum tree trunk molds.

Sandeep Mukherjee wins an art commission for the performance venue at the SoFi Stadium, Inglewood , California , the most expensive sport stadium to be built till date.

The piece is a multiple-part sculpture — at the moment, Mukherjee has created around 150 segments, he said, though not all of them will be used in the installation — made of aluminum molds of tree trunks, roots and branches painted in a series of vibrant colors. Mukherjee sourced the trees used to create the molds from a location not far from his studio in Claremont.

“There are parts of the pieces that look very organic … from natural events. And then there’s colors that look really man-made: synthetic, produced, industrial. So it’s a combination of both. Nature takes on different dimensions.”

Mukherjee wants the sculptural nature of his piece to encourage different kinds of visualization: “You see through your body, not just through your eyes,” he said.

-Excerpt from TSL article by Kate Jones.

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