Maquette for Confirmation” (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York)

  • Melvin Edwards, Maquette for "Confirmation" (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York), 1986, stainless steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1994.84.4

This stainless steel maquette (model) is for the larger sculpture installed outside the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Queens, New York. A public sculpture commissioned in 1989 under the Art in Architecture program of the General Services Administration, Confirmation celebrates the creativity and accomplishments of black artists. The sculpture consists of a large stainless steel circle, arch, and bent parallelogram welded together. The finished work plays off the architecture of the Addabbo building: the circular plane mirrors the rounded columns, while the arched plane, which calls to mind a gateway, is aligned with the building’s entrance.
We must make works that use our lives and feelings as their basis for existence. The work can either take the form of giving and using ideas, subjects, and symbols for radical change, or the works can be of such large physical scale, and in the right places, as to make real change.” The artist, quoted in Notes on Black Art” in Melvin Edwards: Sculptor, 1978
Title
Maquette for Confirmation” (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York)
Artist
Date
1986
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1319 789 12 in. (33.050.424.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program

Mediums
Mediums Description
stainless steel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – New York – Jamaica
  • Abstract – geometric
  • Study – sculpture model
Object Number
1994.84.4
Palette
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