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Raymond Jonson

Monument to Sound
1936
pencil
20 11/16 x 26 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration

The lines and shapes of Monument to Sound suggest an interior space where sound waves take visible form, a sanctuary for the imagination. The artist explained his dedication to abstraction based on science and spiritual values: "Around us we have realism, strife, pain and greed. I wish to present the other side of life, namely the feeling of order, joy and freedom. By setting up my own plastic means I can at least thrill to the attempt of establishing some fundamental principles that are universal and enduring."