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Study for Richmond Cycle

1977 Richard Hunt Born: Chicago, Illinois 1935 soldered, bolted, and burnished copper with wood edging 19 x 60 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (48.3 x 154.3 x 62.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1977.47.14 Not currently on view

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Study for Richmond Cycle began life as a model for a huge plaza sculpture outside the Social Security Administration building in Richmond, California. Richmond Cycle is composed of two distinct parts that are separated spatially but united visually by virtue of shared materials and surface finish. The large biomorphic mass that seems to emerge from the ground and then arc back calls to mind a living form, an enormous tree that has fallen to the earth or a primordial animal taking its last breath. Together the elements evoke the cycle of life in which age and the weight of experience are paired with the lightness and promise of youth.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012



Study - sculpture model

General Services Administration - Art-in-Architecture Program


metal - copper