Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is the central focus of a new art exhibition opening in the UK today. The exhibition, named Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe, features iconic architecture of major technology companies around the world. These include Apple Park and the company’s nearby Central & Wolfe campus in Sunnyvale.
The duo behind the project are artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell who, with this exhibition, are marking 40 years of partnership. After yesterday’s opening at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, the exhibition is set to run until June 10th, coinciding with two other exhibits at the same venue.
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Ikon Gallery stated:
Featuring the new iconic architecture of the global technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, Alibaba and Google, the exhibition includes a new series of relief sculptures, installations, digital animations and portraits that explore the increasingly profound influence they have on our lives in the age of ‘Big Data’.
One of the most popular exhibitions is expected to be Langland and Bell’s cross-section sculpture of the Apple Park that they have based on architectural drawings from the building’s architects Foster + Partners. A sculpture of Apple’s “second spaceship” campus is also featured, although this is something that’s currently under construction in Sunnyvale, CA. This has been designed by architecture firm HOK and has been leased by Apple.
Both sculptures have been constructed from wood, aluminium, MDF, and acrylic, like these clear perspex sheet products, and mounted in front of stark and vibrant blocks of color. The Apple Park sculpture was in fact originally part of an exhibit entitled “Infinite Loop” which ran at the Alan Cristea gallery in London in 2017.
Another new commission by the Ikon Gallery will highlight Google’s Charleston East facility, another that is currently under construction. You can pre-order an exhibition catalogue and a commemorative print of Apple Sunnyvale at the Ikon Gallery.