The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University (SMU) houses one of the largest and most comprehensive tenth to the twentieth century's Spanish art collections outside of Spain. Among these are works by El Greco, Velàzquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Mira and Picasso. The collection includes Renaissance altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, rococo oil sketches, polychrome wood sculptures, impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions, a comprehensive collection of Goya's graphic works and a group of sculptures by leading artists of the twentieth century.
In November 2000, Calatrava received the SMU Meadows School of the Arts' prestigious Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts. In March 2001, Calatrava's 'Poetics of Movement: The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava' exhibition was chosen for the opening of the school's new building. In conjunction with this exhibition, the 'Wave' sculpture was created for the museum installed on a reflecting pool at the building's plaza.
Wave is Calatrava's first large-scale sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States. The sulpture measures 40 feet deep and 90 feet long with 129 equally proportioned bronze bars. These bars are connected to a mechanism that makes it rock sequentially, imparting to it a four-cycle, wavelike motion. The sculpture was installed over the shallow, slow-moving water on a black granite pool, which reflects this movement. At night, the sculpture is illuminated from the lighting in the pool. Wave was commissioned and maintained by the Rosine Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas through the generosity of Mary Anne and Richard Cree of Dallas.
2000 - 2002
Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University
5900 Bishop Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205