Georgia Stele

  • Jesús Moroles, Georgia Stele, 1999, Georgia gray granite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1999.25

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In April 1999, Jesús Moroles brought the unfinished Georgia Stele to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He uncovered the sculpture and began to hammer stone chips off of the top, encouraging visitors to join in. Moroles then removed a few more and declared the piece finished, stating that if another chip were removed the sculpture would be a total loss and could never be repaired. This unexpected performance demonstrated Moroles's belief that sculptures are sacred objects that should belong to all people, and not just the artist or a museum. Nevertheless, he claimed creative ownership over the work by declaring that the work was done and could no longer be altered.

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"I want my art to be about man touching stone . . ." Jesús Moroles, quoted in Adlmann, Moroles, 2003
Title
Georgia Stele
Artist
Date
1999
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
82 x 12 1/4 x 8 in. (208.3 x 31.1 x 20.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
Georgia gray granite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1999.25
Palette
Linked Open Data
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