MATERIAL: metal: aluminum
DIMENSIONS: base: 11 in x 102 in x 96 in; overall: 104 in x 156 in x 97 in
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
© Artist's Estate, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, photo: Ken Ek
Although George Sugarman's early works were predominantly made of wood, by the late 1960s Sugarman became more interested in utilizing metal, as his focus changed to creating art for public spaces. Adhering to the principle that sculpture made for these sites should function in a way that is readily accessible to the general public, Sugarman began to simplify and consolidate his forms. While continuing an exploration of contrasting solid areas with voids, Sugarman designed large-scale works painted with vibrant colors and accentuated with cut-outs. His works were typically constructed of planes punctured by negative space, causing the viewer’s focus to shift from the surfaces through the open areas and back again.
'Doubles', made of welded shapes alternately painted blue and white, resembles an unfurling flower as the components rise up from the ground and curve outwards.