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Maquette for Barking Sands

ca. 1977 Peter Voulkos Born: Bozeman, Montana 1924 Died: Bowling Green, Ohio 2002 hammered, welded and patinated bronze 14 7/8 x 43 x 10 1/4 in. (37.8 x 109.2 x 26.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1977.47.30 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 51A


Luce Center Quote

"Walking around the building site to the area where the sculpture was to be placed, I saw a terraced situation which called for a low profile piece which would read from the top, a sculpture which would be more interesting to look down upon than view straight on." Peter Voulkos

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In 1975 the General Services Administration commissioned Peter Voulkos to create a sculpture for the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Honolulu. The architects envisioned "a voluptuous bronze or dark metal piece" (quoted in Thalacker, The Place of Art in the World of Architecture, 1980). Voulkos named this work Barking Sands after the airfield where he and his "old buddies" were stationed during World War II. The geometric, curving forms were designed to be seen not only from the plaza, but also from high above in the building. The art community in Honolulu loved the sculpture but wanted it to be more visible, so they moved it to the inland side of the building in 1978. The completed work measures 6 by 5 by 25 feet.

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Abstract

Study - sculpture model

sculpture - maquette

metal - bronze

welded

About Peter Voulkos

Born: Bozeman, Montana 1924 Died: Bowling Green, Ohio 2002

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