Gary Wiley

Gary Wiley

Invaders, 1981

Wrought iron, soft steel, mirrored and colored plexiglas, marbles, paint

Sculpture

Dimensions variable

Commissioned with MIT Percent-for-Art Funds


Invaders, which is composed of six stylized butterfly sculptures, was transferred to Building 44 in 2003, when the work’s original site, Building 45, was demolished.


The artist wanted to inject a playful and whimsical spirit into the site at Building 45, which was gritty and industrial. The butterflies are constructed of wrought iron and steel, materials common to the industrial arena, and embellished with colored and mirrored Plexiglas, colored marbles, and fluorescent paint, all of which add a lighthearted note.


Building Number: 44

Accession Number: 1981.012 a-d