Created and Sold by Osman Akan

Osman Akan
Sculptures by Osman Akan seen at Marcy Nanocenter at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica - Nano


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Nano was commissioned in 2013 by the Sculpture Space and funded by MVEDGE. Akan designed and produced the sculpture during 2014 for the new Nanocenter that sits on 420+ acres and has partial funding and partnerships with corporations such as GlobalFoundries, ASML, Applied Materials, G450C, IBM, and Tokyo Electron.

Primary focus behind the artwork is to reference the idea of scale by using sculpture as an apparatus of augmentation. Akan enlarges the hexagonal forms of carbon nano structures to a scale of natural human perception, and references the process of human intervention by changing the properties of the geometry that gives form to the artwork. In fact the entire sculpture was cut out of thin carbon steel sheets that were parametrically calculated, laser cut and welded. Perforated inner polygons of the hexagonal forms aid in the structural integrity and the artwork stands on its own without the need of additional support.

With its concave and convex surfaces “Nano” continues to reflect Osman Akan’s fascination with forms that embody several states of being.

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Osman Akan

Meet the Creator

Born in 1970, Osman Akan studied graphic design at Bilkent University and holds a masters degree in Critical Studies and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts. Trained as a new media artist, Akan is known for his use of unusual materials and his large scale installations. He has been working with light as a medium, especially with optical fibers, since 2004. Akan installed his first large public commission utilizing fiber optic systems in Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, USA. In 2007 Akan received New York State Council on the Arts individual artist grant to realize The Third Bridge, a commission for the 40th year celebration of the arts in New York City Parks.

A Jerome and NYSCA fellow, Akan has been involved in many public and private projects and has had exhibitions both in United States and in Europe. Osman Akan lives and works in New York / USA.