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Theodore Roszak
Thistle in the Dream (To Louis Sullivan)
1955–56
steel
59 1/8 x 40 1/2 x 30 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation



Theodore Roszak dedicated this sculpture to Louis Sullivan, the Chicago architect famous for his steel-framed skyscrapers. Like Sullivan, Roszak explored the expressive possibilities of steel. The spiky forms are reminders of primordial strife and struggle and, in his words, are "reminiscent of those brute forces that not only produced life, but in turn threatened to destroy it."