OOS Sculpture

Avignon

1997 / Arthur Gibbons / Cleveland

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Two biomorphic shapes sit upon a sculpted pedestal. One stands vertically, with a large ellipse cut out of it. The other is a solid slab with a shallow curve that rises out of the pedestal like the open lid of a clamshell. The eye travels around this piece with ease, following the plentiful contours Gibbons has supplied it with. What sets this piece apart from a lot of contemporary sculpture is the pedestal being an integral part of the sculpture. It acts as a counterpoint to the light, flowing "subject" by being heavy, solid, prismatic, and straight-edged.

When asked for comment, Gibbons stated that this piece was a "reflection upon objects I saw at the Papal palace in Avignon."

This dynamic interplay between different weights and energies is typical of Gibbons' Pedestal series, where he sculpted a number of pieces that incorporated the pedestals.

Location: Rear courtyard of Dively building, Southeast corner of Ford & Bellflower

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Arthur Gibbons, “Avignon,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed July 26, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1049.

Title

Avignon

Description

Two biomorphic shapes sit upon a sculpted pedestal. One stands vertically, with a large ellipse cut out of it. The other is a solid slab with a shallow curve that rises out of the pedestal like the open lid of a clamshell. The eye travels around this piece with ease, following the plentiful contours Gibbons has supplied it with. What sets this piece apart from a lot of contemporary sculpture is the pedestal being an integral part of the sculpture. It acts as a counterpoint to the light, flowing "subject" by being heavy, solid, prismatic, and straight-edged.

When asked for comment, Gibbons stated that this piece was a "reflection upon objects I saw at the Papal palace in Avignon."

This dynamic interplay between different weights and energies is typical of Gibbons' Pedestal series, where he sculpted a number of pieces that incorporated the pedestals.

Creator

Date

1997

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Funds provided by

Provider Entity

Putnam Collection

Location Street

Southeast corner of Ford & Bellflower

Location Type

Media Base Depth

2ft

Media Sculpture Height

4ft

Media Sculpture Width

2ft

Media Sculpture Depth

2ft

Media Base Height

4ft

Media Base Width

2ft

Creation Date

01/01/1997