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Georgia Stele

1999 Jesús Moroles Born: Corpus Christi, Texas 1950 Died: Jarrell, Texas 2015 Georgia gray granite 82 x 12 1/4 x 8 in. (208.3 x 31.1 x 20.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1999.25 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"I want my art to be about man touching stone . . ." Jesús Moroles, quoted in Adlmann, Moroles, 2003

Luce Center Label

In April 1999, Jesús Moroles brought the unfinished Georgia Stele to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He uncovered the sculpture and began to hammer stone chips off of the top, encouraging visitors to join in. Moroles then removed a few more and declared the piece finished, stating that if another chip were removed the sculpture would be a total loss and could never be repaired. This unexpected performance demonstrated Moroles's belief that sculptures are sacred objects that should belong to all people, and not just the artist or a museum. Nevertheless, he claimed creative ownership over the work by declaring that the work was done and could no longer be altered.




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