The Marble Curtain is an art installation that looks like one gigantic jigsaw puzzle. That is because it is made up of giant puzzle-like pieces. Each piece in the Marble Curtain installation is carved out of a slab of stone using water-jet cutters. A total of 620 slabs were linked together just like a traditional puzzle.
Created by Studio Gang Architects, a design firm based in Chicago, and led by architect Jeanne Gang, the Marble Curtain installation measures an impressive 18 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,500 pounds. Initially installed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum, Marble Curtain is self-supporting, requiring no frames. The makers state, "We chose to explore stone’s structural capacity and challenge conventional thinking about this age-old material by hanging it in tension from the museum’s vaulted ceiling."
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