Peter McCarthy is a Buffalo-based architect and graduate of the University at Buffalo. He became friends with VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement through the Leadership Buffalo class of 2015. To honor his friendship with VIA and the Blind/Visually Impaired community, Peter donated Paperclip Maze.
About the Art
Paperclip Maze is part 5 of an ongoing series of compositions. Made entirely from standard paperclips, the work follows two rules:
- No tools or foreign objects are allowed to manipulate the clips. Fingers only.
- All three standard bends in each clip must be altered or straightened into another form.
Commissioned as a gift to VIA, Paperclip Maze’s geometries flow between one another to lead the hand across the entire work. However, the path is not perfect or complete, so decisions can be made throughout the experience. Specially framed and mounted, not to be enclosed behind glass.
Peter notes a special thanks to Renee DiFlavio, Senior Vice President of VIA, for connecting the tactile medium to the VIA community.
Peter McCarthy, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Vice President
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