Needle Tower

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Read here about the Needle Tower, one of Kenneth Snelson's most well known works, partially due to its location on the Washington DC Mall.

Overview[edit]

The Needle Tower, 1968,is composed of aluminum cylinders & stainless steel cable. It measures 60 x 20 x 20 feet, 18.2 x 6 x 6m. It belongs to the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and stands outdoors on the Washington Mall.


Needle Tower by Snelson photo by BAR photography"

Video of 15 people Raising the Needle Tower in 2010[edit]

In this video, 15 members of the museum staff up-right the tower following some conservation work, in Hirshhorn Plaza.

Animation of Construction of a Needle Tower[edit]

This video animation shows a Needle Tower-like construction. The animation differs in that it is 50% taller (90 feet) and the top cylinders do not taper in size.


Needle Tower as Inspiration for Biotensegrity[edit]

The Needle Tower is documented as being the inspiration for researchers to seek in tensegrity structure an explanation for biological mechanical structure and information propagation. See Levin.

Links and References[edit]

Kenneth Snelson's website, http://www.kennethsnelson.net/

Needle Tower on Kenneth Snelson's website, http://www.kennethsnelson.net/sculpture/outdoor/21.htm

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden page on Needle Tower, http://hirshhorn.si.edu/visit/collection_object.asp?key=32&subkey=12691