Sarah Sze. Triple Point (Pendulum). 2013

Sarah Sze Triple Point (Pendulum) 2013

Triple Point (Pendulum) was first exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, where Sze represented the United States in 2013. The title is borrowed from the term “the triple point of water,” a reference to the state at which water can coexist simultaneously in three forms: steam, ice, and liquid. Gathering the objects from the world around us, Sze creates a sculpture in a state of flux, hovering between many forms at once. The swinging pendulum, which defines the boundaries of the work, also seems to threaten its potential destruction. This sense of precariousness is a central theme in Sze’s work, as is the tension between wonder and anxiety generated by the profusion of information and objects in contemporary life.

Gallery label from 2019
Salt, water, stone, string, projector, video, pendulum, and other materials
Dimensions variable, approximately 150 x 210 x 200" (381 x 533.4 x 508 cm)
Gift of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Agnes Gund, Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder, and Sharon Percy Rockefeller, in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the International Council
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or, please email If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to