Maquette for One, Two, Three

Media - 1979.159.44 - SAAM-1979.159.44_1 - 56988
Copied Sol LeWitt, Maquette for One, Two, Three, 1979, assembled and painted balsa wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1979.159.44, © 2019 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artwork Details

Maquette for One, Two, Three
11 5822 3411 58 in. (29.457.929.5 cm)
© 2019 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Credit Line
Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program
Mediums Description
assembled and painted balsa wood
  • Study — sculpture model
  • Abstract — geometric
Object Number

Artwork Description

Sol LeWitt created the sculpture One, Two, Three as a commission for the General Services Administration. In 1962 a government committee determined that fine art should be incorporated in the designs of new federal buildings, to enrich the surrounding communities. This initiative became the Art-in-Architecture Program, and LeWitt was chosen to design a sculpture for the plaza of the James M. Hanley Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Syracuse, New York. LeWitt presented this maquette of his proposed sculpture to the GSA's Design Review Panel in 1979. The final piece was constructed from painted aluminum and is twenty-nine feet long.

Luce Object Quote

"Color, surface, texture, and shape only emphasize the physical aspects of the work. Anything that calls attention to and interests the viewer in the physicality is a deterrent to our understanding of the idea." Sol LeWitt, Christian Science Monitor, August 1978


Media - 1979.159.44 - SAAM-1979.159.44_1 - 56988
Sculpture Down to Scale: Models for Public Art at Federal Buildings, 1974 – 1985
May 31, 2019November 22, 2020
Artists used preliminary models—or maquettes—to communicate their ideas. Varied in scale, format, and level of finish, the nine models in this exhibition offer windows into the creative process, with work by Jackie Ferrara, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, and Beverly Pepper, among others.