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Red Earth

1980 Barry Tinsley Born: Roanoke, Virginia 1942 welded Cor-Ten steel and concrete relief: 17 5/8 x 28 x 4 7/8 in. (44.9 x 71.1 x 12.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the S. W. and B. M. Koffler Foundation 1980.103.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 51A


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Red Earth is an example of Barry Tinsley's smaller-scale, though nonetheless monumental, metal and concrete sculpture. Cor-Ten steel, also known as weathering steel, develops a rustlike surface if exposed to the elements for several years. This textured surface, combined with the sharp edges and imposing shapes, gives the sculpture an unfinished, industrial feel. Tinsley combined abstract shapes to create this piece, removing all outside influences from our experience of this work so that we consider the characteristics of the material as well as the overall presence of the structure.

Keywords

Abstract

sculpture

concrete

metal - steel - cor-ten