Please join us for the opening of Schwerpunkt, a suspended anamorphic neuron sculpture by Ralph Helmick at MIT's McGovern Institute.


Anamorphosis is a disorted image that becomes recognizable only when viewed from a particular point. The word anamorphosis originates from the Greek words anamorphoun (to transform) and morphē (form, shape). Examples of anamorphic art date back to the early Renaissance with Leonardo’s Eye (Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1485) being the first example of perspective anamorphosis in modern times.

We invite you to experience Schwerpunkt, an anamorphic neuron sculpture by Ralph Helmick at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Schwerpunkt is a German word meaning “main focus” or “focal point.” One hundred gold neurons seemingly float at random above the McGovern Institute lobby and make a beautiful transformation at the focal point on the third floor atrium level.

Read this STAT article to learn more about this sculpture and the artist behind it.

June 28, 2016
5:30pm – 7:00pm
MIT Bldg 46, Third Floor
550 Main Street, Cambridge MA

RSVP | 617.715.5396

Schwerpunkt is made possible by a gift from Hugo Shong in memory of Patrick J. McGovern.