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ca. 1972 Russell Gillespie Born: North Carolina 1922 wood with leather and string 18 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (46.2 x 48.9 x 21.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.249 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

Russell Gillespie creates small wooden buildings inspired by the log cabin where he was born. The gnarled trees surrounding House are old tree roots that Gillespie found around his home in the mountains of North Carolina. He often includes figures and animals in his sculptures, and in this piece you can see a child playing on a rope swing.


Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Figure group

Recreation - sport and play - swinging


folk art

animal parts - leather

fabric - string

metal - iron

mixed media