Standing in the center of the roof-top patio of the FermiLab Auditorium Building is this stainless steel sculpture by Robert R. Wilson, Director of the Laboratory. Dr. Wilson completed the giant mobius band in the months before the dedication of the Laboratory and presented the sculpture to the Laboratory as a gift. It is built of 3" x 5" stainless steel "cards," spot welded on a stainless steel form. It is almost seven feet in diameter and weighs about 350 pounds. Dr. Wilson has also cast the mobius band in bronze and made a smaller version in marble.
Dr. Wilson studied sculpture in the United States and in Italy. He has had two showings of his sculpture in Ithaca, New York where he served as director of Cornell University's Laboratory of Nuclear Studies before coming to Batavia, Illinois, to direct the construction of the FermiLab. Dr. Wilson was commissioned to make a large sculpture for the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton, N.J. and another for the Festival Theatre in Ithaca.