Console "A", Cray Research, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Perspective

A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

Date:

1960

Artist:

John N. Polivka
American, 1910-1999

About this artwork

Working far outside the bounds of conventional workplace technology, Control Data Corporation pioneered designs for the world’s first supercomputers as early as the 1960s. Yet, even supercomputers required an office environment, and founder Seymour Cray tasked architect and industrial designer John Polivka to create designs for his Wisconsin-based company. Polivka responded with graphics, mainframe cabinets, and a high-tech, yet human-scaled, interface, complete with a cockpit-like swivel chair, round data screen, and design-forward chandelier.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

John N. Polivka

Title

Console "A", Cray Research, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Perspective

Origin

Chippewa Falls

Date

1960

Medium

Graphite on tracing paper

Dimensions

52.4 × 81.3 cm (20 5/8 × 32 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of John N. Polivka

Reference Number

1996.801.1

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