MATERIAL: stone: Blue Mountain granite
DIMENSIONS: overall: 136 in x 164 in x 48 in
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, In Exchange with Philip and Muriel Berman
© Artist or Artist's Estate, photo: David W. Steele
Shaw’s 'Sumo' was one of nineteen sculptures from the Philip and Muriel Berman Collection exhibited at Grounds For Sculpture during the Spring/Summer 1995/96 Exhibition. Now part of the outdoor collection at Grounds For Sculpture, the large sections of Blue Mountain granite, that seem to reflect the natural breaks in the stone, are pieced together using fitted slots. The heavy mass and horizontal expanse of 'Sumo' combine architectural structure with figurative composition to produce a monumental aesthetic both human and totemic. This work invokes the presence of a sumo wrestler, inviting and imposing in nature.