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Honeymoon Motel

1973 Darryl Abraham Born: Wayland, New York 1948 mixed media: wood, plaster and waterbase paint on paper 12 7/8 x 23 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (32.6 x 60.3 x 34.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.22 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

"Honeymoon Motel . . . was colorful, intriguing, inviting and robust and it seemed appropriate to memorialize its sense of promise in a piece of art." Letter from the artist, 2004

Luce Center Label

Darryl Abraham based Honeymoon Motel on a motel near Niagara Falls, which has long been known as the honeymoon capital of the world. The artist first saw the building during a road trip with his father along Route 15 in upstate New York. Years later, Abraham remembered the motel, which has since closed down, and created this sculpture to symbolize what can happen to a marriage when the excitement of the honeymoon is over. The crumbling slates and ramshackle railings offer newlyweds a wry warning of the dangers of neglecting their relationship.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - commercial - hotel

Architecture Exterior - ruins

Figure male - full length

sculpture

paint

plaster

wood

paper

About Darryl Abraham

Born: Wayland, New York 1948