Altarpiece for MIT Chapel

Harry Bertoia

Location

MIT Chapel (Building W15)

Bertoia’s altarpiece screen, or reredos, was commissioned for Eero Saarinen’s early modernist, non-denominational MIT Chapel in 1955.

Suspended over the main altar, his cascading, open fret screen of slim metal rods and crossplates scatters light throughout the chapel. Described as one of Bertoia’s most striking works, it is an integral part of the altar. Here, Bertoia has liberated sculpture from its base to usher in the contemporary era of spatial sculpture.

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Date

1955

Type

Sculpture

Medium

Brazed steel

Size

240 in. (609.6 cm)

Credit

Commissioned for Eero Saarinen Chapel, MIT