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Laureate

1968 Seymour Lipton Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Glen Cove, New York 1986 metal: monel/brazed with nickel-silver on limestone base 16 5/8 x 8 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (42.2 x 20.5 x 21.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. Seymour Lipton 1978.127.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A


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The full-size sculpture Laureate was commissioned by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. In the initial drawings, Seymour Lipton combined details from the architectural plan with a wide variety of images, ranging from musical instruments to a lighthouse on the island of Tobago. He transformed the basic shapes from these sketches into a welded sculpture, which evokes a figure composed of columns, harp strings, and coiled rope. Lipton created this piece to celebrate achievement in the arts. The dramatic silhouette commands your attention, reflecting the title Laureate, which means worthy of honor and distinction. The final version of the piece is over twelve feet high and stands out against the pale, flat buildings of the arts center.

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sculpture

metal - monel

metal - nickel silver

stone - limestone

About Seymour Lipton

Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Glen Cove, New York 1986

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