The realization of Koan illustrates how some of our profession’s most meaningful work is cultivated by intentionally challenging the boundaries of science and logic with art and creativity.
Standing 40-feet tall, the sculpture is crafted from carbon fiber and embodies three separate pieces – identical in form but oriented differently – that merge to support one another. The recently installed and completed public work of art is nestled within Georgia Institute of Technology’s campus with direct interface to the College of Design.
Koan is named after a Zen Buddhist puzzle and represents a belief in the power of knowledge, research, and creativity working together to unravel great truths. As John Portman’s final design, this fusion of art and technology leaves us inspired by the notion that testing the boundaries of design for the benefit of future generations goes beyond tangible impact to touch our humanity.