Red Earth

  • Barry Tinsley, Red Earth, 1980, welded Cor-Ten steel and concrete, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the S. W. and B. M. Koffler Foundation, 1980.103.1

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Red Earth is an example of Barry Tinsley's smaller-scale, though nonetheless monumental, metal and concrete sculpture. Cor-Ten steel, also known as weathering steel, develops a rustlike surface if exposed to the elements for several years. This textured surface, combined with the sharp edges and imposing shapes, gives the sculpture an unfinished, industrial feel. Tinsley combined abstract shapes to create this piece, removing all outside influences from our experience of this work so that we consider the characteristics of the material as well as the overall presence of the structure.
Title
Red Earth
Artist
Date
1980
On View
Dimensions
relief: 17 5/8 x 28 x 4 7/8 in. (44.9 x 71.1 x 12.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the S. W. and B. M. Koffler Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
welded Cor-Ten steel and concrete
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1980.103.1
Palette
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