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Maquette for Vigil

1978 William Scott Born: 1953 cast aluminum on painted aluminum base 14 5/8 x 15 1/4 x 13 in. (37.2 x 38.7 x 33.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1979.159.26 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 51A


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This is a model for a large sculpture that was part of the General Services Administration's Art-in-Architecture program. The program commissioned artworks to show the vibrancy of America's visual art and bring civic meaning to federal architecture. Vigil is a kinetic sculpture with freestanding stainless-steel elements that reflect light and rotate in the wind. It is located on the east plaza of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and miraculously survived the bombing attack on that building in 1995. Four years later the piece was returned to its original location on the plaza after being cleaned and repaired and is now adjoined to a memorial garden. A former building employee recalled people interacting with the ten-foot panels on a regular basis by spinning them around, creating a surprisingly playful experience on the grounds of an imposing concrete building.

This artwork was recommended by citizen curator Jeanne Kramer-Smyth as part of our Fill the Gap project on Flickr.

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Abstract

Study - sculpture model

General Services Administration - Art-in-Architecture Program

sculpture - maquette

metal - aluminum