Louisiana-born sculptor, Jose de Rivera designed and built the abstract sculpture "Infinity" that currently welcomes visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The sculpture slowly rotates on its base, completing 1 revolution every 6 minutes. In 1965, the federal Art-in-Architecture program commissioned this statue by reserving half of 1 % of the estimated total construction costs of the new National Museum of History and Technology. Museum architect, Walker Cain, recommended Rivera's proposal for a new art work to accompany the new museum. After two years of design and construction, the sculpture was dedicated in the spring of 1967.
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.
Including the base and sculpture, the piece is 34-feet high. The stainless steel shape is 16-feet wide.