The Faculty of Engineering was previously housed on Niels Bohrs Allé in Odense. When the Faculty moved out, Niels Bohr - and other notable scientists - followed.
Artist Sophia Kalkau was inspired by the work of different researchers in her embellishment of the new Faculty of Engineering building. Niels Bohr's atom structures, which he devised and designed in 1913 and which subsequently won him the Nobel Prize in Physics, is a source of inspiration for some of the artistic decorations.
On the floor of one of the building's vestibules, one encounters a snow white stone sphere - an atom - with a diameter of 160cm. Niels Bohr and the atom can also be found in large floor decorations that depict Niels Bohr's models magnified to a huge size.
Cosmos and Atomos
Sophia Kalkau has called the embellishment "Cosmos and Atomos" with the dominating concept that it both embeds science in the building and bonds the past with the present. The stone discs with petroglyphs and picture boards of Ole Rømer's discovery of the delay in light and the still-living Danish researcher Lene Hus's models and observations of the speed of light are good examples of this. The predominant materials used in the embellishment are taken from nature, for instance Yugoslavian marble, Portuguese slate and the black stone diabase from Sweden.
Born in 1960, Sophia Kalkau is one of Denmark's most significant young sculptors. As in the embellishment of SDU's Faculty of Engineering building, she is known for her minimalistic sculptures with a precise finish. Sophia Kalkau graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1996 and has also embellished Vejleaaparken in Ishøj and the School of Architecture Library in Copenhagen.