The Arts Council of Princeton presents the work of sculptor Patrick Strzelec at the Avalon Princeton apartment community. The outdoor installation, entitled Einstein’s Brain, will be unveiled and presented to the public on Tuesday, June 13 at 1pm, 283 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.
In 2013, developer AvalonBay reached out to the Arts Council of Princeton to commission a work of public art for the Avalon Princeton project at the site of the former hospital. The process of reviewing artist proposals for the creation of a public sculpture occurred over the course of eighteen months, resulting in the selection of artist Patrick Strzelec.
Mr. Strzelec conceptualized the sculpture as a tribute to Albert Einstein and his connection to the people and town of Princeton. Of this Strzelec says, “This abstract sculpture is designed to reveal the essence of communication, exploration and connectivity.” Einstein’s Brain stands seventeen feet tall, constructed of stainless steel, and is located directly in front of the main entrance of the Avalon Princeton apartment community.
Patrick Strzelec makes abstract sculpture using a full range of materials. He has been a recipient of numerous awards in sculpture, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ballinskelligs Project in Ireland; the Rome Prize, Rome, Italy; the National Endowment for the Arts; and numerous New Jersey State Council for the Arts grants. Strzelec has shown with the Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin; Jay Grimm Gallery, New York City; Gary Snyder Fine Arts, New York City; Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York City; OH&T Gallery, Boston; and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York City. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Strzelec is the former Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer in Sculpture at Harvard University. Strzelec currently serves as Associate Professor in Sculpture at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.