HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulier) (based Oakland, CA)

HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulier) (based Oakland, CA) (HM26ON)

Location: Washington, DC 20036
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N 38° 54.171', W 77° 2.369'

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Golden Spike 2015

—powder-coated steel, LED lighting, and wood; Courtesy of the artists —

In their work, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, the artist duo behind the art and design studio HYBYCOZO, investigate the influences of geometry on human evolution. Their works explore the connections between contemporary physics and ancient patterns, often Islamic, to convey an appreciation for the relationship between math and art. Using advanced manufacturing and prototyping technology, their works promote a sense of contemplation and awe for the inherent beauty of universal forms.

In 2014, the duo brought their first collaborative installation, Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone (HYBYCOZO), to playa. Soon after, they took the name HYBYCOZO for their continued collaboration, focusing on installations that embrace patterns across math, science, nature, and culture.

Golden Spike, one of HYBYCOZO's signature polyhedral forms, draws its title from Burning Man's ceremonial golden spike, the initial marking post driven each year, from which all other measurements are taken. The golden spike marks the center of Black Rock City.

The placement of these outdoor sculptures and related programming are made possible by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in collaboration with the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Support is provided by Lyft.


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From the Desert to DC

This sculpture is one of six outdoor installations presented as part of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, a takeover of the entire Renwick Gallery that extends into the Golden Triangle neighborhood.

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HM NumberHM26ON
Year Placed2018
Placed BySmithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, Golden Triangle, Lyft
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Date Added Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323148 N 4307972
Decimal Degrees38.90285000, -77.03948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.171', W 77° 2.369'
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