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Granite Weaving

1988 Jesús Moroles Born: Corpus Christi, Texas 1950 Died: Jarrell, Texas 2015 Georgia gray granite 98 x 74 1/2 x 11 in. (248.9 x 189.2 x 27.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Frank K. Ribelin 1996.1A-F Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing


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Moroles’s granite sculptures originate deep in the earth, born of fire and the volcanic action that created the very crust of the planet. Moroles began “weaving” granite in the late 1980s. Although he spoke in terms of fabric, Granite Weaving also reads as the wall of a stepped pyramid in which horizontal stone slabs support, and in turn are buttressed by small blocks of granite. This sculpture unites minimalist forms and the natural materials of land art to recall ancient structures found in Indonesia, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq), and Mexico.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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Jesús Moroles's granite sculptures originate deep in the earth, born of fire and the volcanic action that created the very crust of the planet. Moroles began "weaving" granite in the late 1980s. Although he speaks in terms of fabric, Granite Weaving also reads as the wall of a stepped pyramid in which horizontal stone slabs support, and are in turn buttressed by, small blocks of granite. This sculpture unites minimalist forms and the natural materials of land art to recall ancient structures found in Indonesia, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq), and Mexico.

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About Jesús Moroles

Born: Corpus Christi, Texas 1950 Died: Jarrell, Texas 2015

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