MATERIAL: metal: bronze
DIMENSIONS: overall: 72 in x 84 in x 55 in
EDITION: Edition 1/7
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
© Artist or Artist's Estate
Situated in one of the sculpture park’s more private spaces is Gordon Gund’s, 'Flukes'. Beautiful and graceful in its form, 'Flukes' is inspired by an encounter Gund had with pilot whales on Nantucket Island. A group of whales had come ashore, and the artist, along with scientists attempting to redirect the pod, had an opportunity to feel the tail of one of the whales. For Gund this was a meaningful opportunity because as a young adult he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa which eventually left him blind. The ability to examine up close such a magnificent mammal allowed Gund to interpret and translate into bronze what he “saw” with his hands.