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It's Darker in the Valley

1969 Sam Richardson Born: Oakland, California 1934 mixed media: plastic, wood, rubber, acrylic and paperboard 8 1/8 x 12 x 11 7/8 in. (20.5 x 30.4 x 30.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Wende and Geoffrey Gates 1976.138 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B

Luce Center Quote

"It is important that [the surface] doesn't get in the way of what I am trying to say. It is important that you don't see anything in the texture that would get in the way of the total image." Sam Richardson, 1975

Luce Center Label

It's Darker in the Valley is composed of three separate layers of plastic to represent air, water, and land. Sam Richardson built the land using polyurethane foam, which he sanded to the desired shape. The clear blue water was then cast from resin to fit perfectly with the curves of the land's surface. He applied delicate layers of color to the contours of this piece to give the illusion of natural light and shadow.



Landscape - beach

Waterscape - coast



plastic - acrylic