Sculpture depicts Cup boats out of water


America’s Cup yachts America3 and Il Moro appear to be “sailing on land” as they are displayed in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of the museum’s “The Things I Love: the Many Collections of William I. Koch” exhibit.

Using tensioned Nitronic 50 stainless steel rods and more than 300 stainless fittings, the suspension system supporting America3 and Il Moro create the illusion that the boats are heeling on opposite tacks, sailing upwind to the east, according to a press release. The support system was designed to be light and to be as unnoticeable as possible.


An international businessman and world-class sailor, William I. Koch skippered America3 to victory in the 1992 America’s Cup, defeating Italian challenger Il Moro.

Inside the museum, the exhibit is made up of more than 100 items taken from Koch’s personal collection. Items on view include replica models of nearly every America’s Cup challenger and defender, a full-scale replica of the America’s Cup Trophy and a collection of nautical paintings.

In addition to the nautical items, Koch’s paintings, sculptures and Native American artifacts are on display. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 13.

Jason Fell