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Sandra Cinto. The Invisible Telescope. Photo: Albano Afonso. Courtesy: University Of South Florida

Sandra Cinto. The Invisible Telescope. Photo: Albano Afonso. Courtesy: University Of South Florida

The Invisible Telescope by Sandra Cinto
University of South Florida


The Public Art Program of the University of South Florida announced a new permanent public art installation, this time created by Brazilian artists Sandra Cinto in the Kate Tiedemann College of Business at Lynn Pippenger Hall on the USF St. Petersburg campus.

Titled The Invisible Telescope, the work is a site-specific installation displayed on two exterior walls of the Collaboration Terrace, within the Scholar's Garden area, and is visible from many points throughout the building.

Inspired by the career of philanthropist Kate Tiedemann, founder and CEO of Katena Products, a company that produces instruments to improve vision, The Invisible Telescope created by Sandra Cinto offers a space or lens for viewers to contemplate new perspectives and dreams for the future. The immersive installation also responds to the architectural design of the building and its function as an educational institution. The central circle or portal to an open sky, enveloped by its various shades of blue celestial fields, suggests a place of infinite possibilities and a universe to be explored through the freedom that provided by knowledge and education.

Throughout her career, Sanda Cinto has developed a rich vocabulary of symbols and lines to create lyrical landscapes and narratives that oscillate between fantasy and reality. By relying on drawing as her point of departure, Cinto creates intricate and mesmerizing environments of turbulent seascapes, violent storms, and celestial skies whose interaction with the surrounding architecture often yields a disorienting effect, creating the illusion of a weightless and spiraling universe. Evoking stories of human hardships and redemption, these fantastical landscapes become a metaphor for the human odyssey while also pushing the boundaries and possibilities of drawing. Sandra Cinto's works are part of several public and private collections and have been exhibited in museums and institutions worldwide.

This public art project is funded by Florida's Art in State Buildings program, created in 1979, which allocated a percentage of its funds for the acquisition of works of art for public areas in and around the facilities of the university. Sandra Cinto was commissioned to create her public art project by an art selection committee formed by members of the USF's Kate Tiedemann College of Business, Harvard Jolly Architects, the facilities project manager of the university, visual art experts, the local community, and a representative of the Art in State Buildings.



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