Study for Richmond Cycle

  • Richard Hunt, Study for Richmond Cycle, 1977, soldered, bolted, and burnished copper with wood edging, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1977.47.14

Exhibition Label
Study for Richmond Cycle began life as a model for a huge plaza sculpture outside the Social Security Administration building in Richmond, California. Richmond Cycle is composed of two distinct parts that are separated spatially but united visually by virtue of shared materials and surface finish. The large biomorphic mass that seems to emerge from the ground and then arc back calls to mind a living form, an enormous tree that has fallen to the earth or a primordial animal taking its last breath. Together the elements evoke the cycle of life in which age and the weight of experience are paired with the lightness and promise of youth.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Study for Richmond Cycle
Artist
Date
1977
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 x 60 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (48.3 x 154.3 x 62.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
soldered, bolted, and burnished copper with wood edging
Classifications
Keywords
  • General Services Administration – Art-in-Architecture Program
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Abstract
Object Number
1977.47.14
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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