Sol Lewitt sculpture, 1 3 5 7 9 11

The Sol LeWitt sculpture 1 3 5 7 9 11 is a commission by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art which was engineered and manufactured by Zahner in Kansas City.  The artwork is a painted aluminum form which measures 16' x 8' x 8' and was fabricated in 1996. The artist conceived of the work in 1994.

Zahner engineered and fabricated an interlocking system where each corner connects seamlessly. Instead of requiring a weld at the joint's seam, the pieces are connected with an interior locking mechanism.

1 3 5 7 9 11 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
1 3 5 7 9 11 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Process photo during the art fabrication at Zahner in Kansas City.
Process photo during the art fabrication at Zahner in Kansas City.
1 3 5 7 9 11 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
1 3 5 7 9 11 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
Detail of the aluminum joint prior to painting during the art fabrication process.
Detail of the aluminum joint prior to painting during the art fabrication process.

Above, a detail of the seamless engineered connection, a result of careful engineering and high-quality craftsmanship. This is the last sculpture of its kind fabricated during the artist's lifetime.