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Model for Caritas

1978 William King Born: Jacksonville, Florida 1925 Died: East Hampton, New York 2015 bolted aluminum 36 x 45 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. (91.4 x 115.5 x 31.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1979.38.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 51A


Luce Center Label

In 1978 the General Services Administration commissioned William King to create a sculpture for a federal building in Akron, Ohio. Caritas in Latin means “charity,” but King later changed the title of his completed sculpture to Caring to better express the idea of a friend offering a helping hand. Like many of the sculptures commissioned under GSA’s Art-in-Architecture Program, Caring was at the center of controversy regarding “wasted” tax dollars. One critic observed that Caring looked like a child had made it, but continued to say that he might get used to it, just as one gets used to seeing “beer cans along the highway.” Caring measures 22 by 32 by 6 feet and was installed on the plaza of the Federal Building in Akron, Ohio, in 1978.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - charity

Figure group - female and child

General Services Administration - Art-in-Architecture Program

sculpture

metal - aluminum

About William King

Born: Jacksonville, Florida 1925 Died: East Hampton, New York 2015

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