UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
Ida and William Friday Building and E.K. Fretwell Building
The artist has work exhibited at the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection and the Hirschorn Museum. He has been commissioned to create artwork for such sites as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He received a Master's degree in sculpture from Pratt Institute.
Adam's Spinning Top andThe Cyrillic Projector, 1997
Two outdoor sculptures are located in a plaza between the Ida and William Friday Building and E.K. Fretwell Building on campus. The first sculpture, entitled The Cyrillic Projector, is a tall bronze cylinder perforated with an encoded text and a decoding chart. The text refers to the dangers of suppressing intellectual and artistic freedom. Sanborn was inspired partly by Leonardo da Vinci's manuscripts in code. Light radiates from within the sculpture and casts a message on surrounding buildings at night.
Adam's Spinning Top is the second sculpture in the plaza, created from bronze with perforated text in English. The artist chose text from the writings of Adam Smith, an economic theorist and John Maynard Keynes, a 20-century theorist for the sculpture. The artwork stands as a metaphor for the importance of a healthy economy and an invigorated mind.
Eric Anderson, professor of art, UNC-C; Aukram Burton, photographer and visiting assistant professor of English / Communications; Richard Conboy, associate dean, Belk College of Business Administration, UNC-C; Ken Gallaugher, architect; Sally Kovach, Art Department chair, UNC-C; Dr. Schley Lyons, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-C; Phil Schive, architect; Martin Zimmerman, university architect, UNC-C.