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Portman Sculpture, KR+C

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The Portman Sculpture — named KR+C — was inspired by the “Knowledge and Research plus Creativity” that fuel Georgia Tech and are essential to the advanced technological innovation and development that define the Institute. Measuring approximately 38 feet tall and 36 feet wide, the sculpture consists of three separate pieces, identical in form but oriented differently and interconnected. The sculpture will be made out of fiberglass by a Georgia company that specializes in custom speed boat fabrication.

Georgia Tech is seeking private philanthropy to support the fabrication and installation of this work of art for display in a high-traffic area near Tech Green.

About the Artist John C. Portman Jr., ARCH 1950, HON Ph.D. 2012, is chairman of The Portman Companies, headquartered in Atlanta. Since founding his firm in 1953, Portman has been a pioneer, introducing the very concept of architect as developer. The Portman Companies have designed and/or developed more than 50 million square feet of space in countries around the world, and no city has benefited more from Portman’s vision than Atlanta. The 14-block Peachtree Center complex attests to Portman’s commitment to Atlanta’s business district, and his three major hotels — the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis — anchor the convention district. In the early 1980s, after years of integrating art into his architectural projects, Portman began creating paintings and sculptures.