A 1980 drawing of SCAN done by the artist with intent for construction and placement at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Instead, Denison University was the first chosen location for the sculpture.
SCAN – A DETECTION DEVICE
PROJECT FOR BALL STATE
UNIVERSITY. INDIANA. 1980.
MOTORIZED SCOPE – STEEL TRACKS WITH REFLECTIVE SHIELDS – SUSPENDED GRID – ROTATING DRUMS
Construction of SCAN in 1982 on the hillside separating the upper and lower campus at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.
SCAN was on loan to the Lakeside Center for the Arts in Lakeside, Michigan, from 1986 to 1988. For three months each summer, the owners, John and Kay Wilson, opened the studio to artists from across the country, and later around the world. During the early years, the artists working on premise included Richard Hunt, Ed Paschke and Roger Brown, all of whom are now world famous.
The amazing journey of the birth and then subsequent four rebirths of the Dennis Oppenheim sculpture, “SCAN: A Detection Device.” Watch as SCAN travels from Ohio to Indiana to Michigan and then back to Indiana for its final resting place.
“I’ve always talked about these things being kind of structural physiology. Being the anatomy of the psyche or the anatomy of the person themselves rendered in terms of industrial archeology, industrial icons. So you should parallel to the nervous system or what have you.”
~ Dennis Oppenheim