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"Spectrum"

Beatty, Michael

Alewife/North Cambridge, Sculpture

70 Rindge Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02140

Location Description: The Fitzgerald School

Date: 2001

Materials: Wood, Paint, and Stainless steel

Dimensions: 12' x 12' x 12'

Playful and dynamic, Michael Beatty's giant mobile in the atrium above the school's main staircase explores connections between nature and math. Wood sculptures mix geometrical forms (the five Platonic solids) with shapes found in the natural world. Evoking everything from galaxies and tornadoes to atoms and crystals, this piece inspires reverence and awe for both the variety and surprising similarities of forms found on Earth and in the cosmos.


Beatty is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the Massachusetts College of Art. His work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the Boston area and is in the collections of several museums and corporations, including the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He participated in the DeCordova's popular 1995 "Strokes of Genius" installation, in which 18 artists each created a unique hole for a functioning mini golf course. He currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts, and teaches sculpture at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.