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Maquette for One, Two, Three

1979 Sol LeWitt Born: Hartford, Connecticut 1928 Died: New York, New York 2007 assembled and painted balsa wood 11 5/8 x 22 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (29.4 x 57.9 x 29.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1979.159.44 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B

Luce Center Quote

"Color, surface, texture, and shape only emphasize the physical aspects of the work. Anything that calls attention to and interests the viewer in the physicality is a deterrent to our understanding of the idea." Sol LeWitt, Christian Science Monitor, August 1978

Luce Center Label

Sol LeWitt created the sculpture One, Two, Three as a commission for the General Services Administration. In 1962 a government committee determined that fine art should be incorporated in the designs of new federal buildings, to enrich the surrounding communities. This initiative became the Art-in-Architecture Program, and LeWitt was chosen to design a sculpture for the plaza of the James M. Hanley Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Syracuse, New York. LeWitt presented this maquette of his proposed sculpture to the GSA's Design Review Panel in 1979. The final piece was constructed from painted aluminum and is twenty-nine feet long.


Abstract - geometric

Study - sculpture model

General Services Administration - Art-in-Architecture Program

sculpture - maquette

wood - balsa wood

About Sol LeWitt

Born: Hartford, Connecticut 1928 Died: New York, New York 2007

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