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Sierra Snow: Sunrise on East Face

1974 Sam Richardson Born: Oakland, California 1934 Died: Seattle, Washington 2013 mixed media: polyurethane, plexiglas and painted wood 8 3/8 x 20 x 20 in. (21.3 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.91 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B


Luce Center Label

Sam Richardson’s Sierra Series was the result of a happy accident. While traveling across the country, a storm caused his plane to change direction and fly over an area of the Rockies. Richardson had seen the mountains from the ground before, and always had been fascinated with the formation of the snowdrifts, but seeing these from above gave him a new perspective. Pieces in the Sierra Series are composed from a thin layer of plastic that has been formed and painted to resemble delicate peaks and ridges of snow.

Keywords

Landscape - mountain

sculpture

plastic - plexiglas

plastic - polyurethane

wood

About Sam Richardson

Born: Oakland, California 1934 Died: Seattle, Washington 2013

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