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Wayne Higby

Temple's Gate Pass
14 x 33 x 8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick

Temple's Gate Pass comprises five lidded vessels that together suggest a section of the Colorado River and its canyons. Wayne Higby draws freely from the sparse, sculptural canyons, valleys, and mountains of the desert Southwest for his imagery. We see in this piece a three-dimensional landscape created from the earth (clay) and glazed. Higby's primary interest, however, is in creating an illusion of an earthscape on a small scale. Despite its size, the sculpture suggests a monumental chunk of land torn from the planet for display and contemplation.