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Sculpture’s symbolic welcome

Different Forms of Intelligence is a public art work of exceptional imagination by significant South Australian artist, Fiona Hall. It will be prominently displayed in a specially crafted glass vitrine on the corner of Fenn Place and North Terrace.

Commissioned by the University, with support from the Government of South Australia through Arts SA, Hall’s thought-provoking and iconic work of art presents a powerful symbolic welcome to this landmark building.

In Different Forms of Intelligence, each of the five platonic solids (tetrahedron, octahedron, cube, icosahedron and dodecahedron) is represented physically in the form of a human brain, whose physiognomy has been altered to conform to the shape of each of the solids. The five "platonic brains" are made from different materials – bronze, wood and marble. A sixth sculpted form in the ensemble of works is an anatomical depiction of a human brain cast in lead glass.

Fiona Hall lectured at UniSA’s South Australian School of Art for many years, and she continues to live and work in South Australia, though her practice and reputation are now international in their scope. Her work is represented in all Australian state galleries and features regularly in exhibitions in Australia and overseas.