Invisible Sculptures

In 1968, Tery Fugate-Wilcox set out to create sculptures that had perceivable depth and form, but were essentially invisible. Using multiple air pumps, small brass nozzles, valves, and vinyl tubes, air flow is adjusted with the help of a computer. By moving your hands across the space above the bases, the changes in pressure create a tactile sensation allowing for the perception of a 3-dimensional object. The sculptures, with varying air pressure across hundres of nozzles, allow for a dynamic experience where the shapes morph from one object to another.

Fugate-Wilcox is revisiting this project in 2022. With the assistance of software engineers and the support of the Actual Art Foundation, he plans to create multiple interactive sculptures and bring this art to the public.