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(Double Sided Settee - A Trio) , 1983

by Scott Burton

 

Mediums: Granite

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge Street

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Scott Burton’s functional sculptures, which require the spectator’s presence to complete their purpose, transformed the idea of public art. Burton often infused the plain abstract forms of Minimalism with a sense of utility, history, and wit, creating sculptures that could be used as tables and chairs when not on exhibit. His simple forms, cut from smooth and sometimes jagged pieces of granite, can be found with people sitting on them in several cities. Funded with a National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Public Places grant of $22,000 given in 1981 to the Joslyn Art Museum.


Able Charlie , 1983

by Kenneth Snelson

 

Mediums: Stainless Steel

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge Street

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Snelson’s work has some consonance with the sculpture of minimalist artists working in the 1960s and 1970s. Preferring materials in their purest state, Snelson used uncolored and untextured stainless steel and aluminum to achieve monumental pieces up to 100 feet on their longest axis that seemed capable of infinite expansion. While the calculations necessary to take dozens of tubes and yards of cable and weave them into an integrated sculpture of taut lines would seem to require the expertise of an engineer, Snelson’s mathematics are, in fact, purely intuitive. Able Charlie demonstrates structural forces of tension and compression. The airy web of lines seems delicate and fragile, yet the physical force binding them together amounts to several hundred pounds of pressure per square inch. Given to the Joslyn museum by Phebe F. Miller in memory of Max A. Miller, E. Stanton Miller, II, and Nancy K. Miller, 1983


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