Mark Di Suvero’s The Sieve of Eratosthenes was added to the university’s outdoor art collection in 2000 by Daniel Shapiro and Agnes Gund. It was originally sited on the north side of the Cantor Arts Center and was recently moved near the intersection of Escondido and Galvez Mall by Meyer Library.
The new location puts The Sieve of Eratosthenes in greater student traffic. The sculpture invites viewers to experience its form from all sides and even underneath. This does not, however, condone the following:
In spite of the sculpture’s powerful forms and seeming imperviousness of its I-beams, the sculpture is still susceptible to degradation. In addition to looking fantastic, the paint and primer layers protect the underlying steel from corrosion. When vandalism occurs to the paint surface, the steel is exposed to the environment and leads to rust.
The outdoor sculpture team works hard all year long to care for Stanford’s sculptures, so do your part! If you are trying to get your work done or “play” around the sculpture, try also to take a few minutes to contemplate the beauty of its forms and how this reflects Di Suvero’s perception of reality. Think about the enormity of the feat that brought such a massive object into existence. Let this object inspire whatever non-vandalizing activity you are engaged in!