Bringing artist Josiah McElheny's "Island Universe" to the Cantor is a rare opportunity to examine both cutting-edge art and physics. The monumental installation of five hanging chandeliers is a visual response to recent theories of the multiverse, an elaboration of the Big Bang theory. The installation is both visually stunning and carefully constructed according to measurements that map the history of time.
Josiah McElheny’s massive, elaborate installation is a visual response to emerging theories of the multiverse, which is an elaboration of the Big Bang Theory. Made from chromed metal, transparent hand-blown glass, lights and rigging, McElheny’s chandeliers, based on the iconic chandeliers of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, form an elaborately constructed map of the history of time.